At least 240 inmates are said to have escaped the Medium Security Custodial Centre (MSCC) in Kabba, Kogi State, following an attack by some gunmen.
Spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Mr Francis Enobore confirmed the incident saying that the attack took place at about midnight on Sunday.
According to him, the heavily armed attackers arrived at the custodial centre and engaged the guards in a fierce gun battle.
He further said that the Comptroller–General, Haliru Nababa has ordered that they be pursued and recaptured and that investigation has commenced.
The Comptroller-General called for cooperation of the general public to furnish security operatives with useful intelligence that will assist in recapturing the escapees.
Kabba MSCC was established in 2008 with a capacity of 200.
Before the prison break, 294 inmates were in custody out of which 224 were pre-trial detainees and 70 convicted inmates.
This comes few months after gunmen attacked the Nigerian Correctional Service and the Police headquarters in Imo State, freeing 1,844 inmates, after which the hoodlums set the facilities ablaze.
The gunmen also razed the Imo State Police Command headquarters and no fewer than 50 cars were set ablaze.
A similar attack was also attempted at the correctional centre in Ubiaja, Edo State but was foiled by officers at the facility.