Some yet to be identified gunmen attacked the Kuje Prison in Abuja on Tuesday night throwing the entire area into panic and confusion.
According to reports, the first explosion, a high capacity bomb, went off around 10.25pm. It was followed by second and third blast and sporadic gunshots that left the residents scampering into safety.
Few hours earlier, security report had alerted the prison officials of possible attacks of the medium prison.
A prison staff, who confirmed the attack explained that the attackers had come from the back of the prison yard.
It was suspected that terrorists had launched a ferocious attack on the prison which triggered a fire-fight with security forces.
A spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service, AD Umar, confirmed that gunmen had attacked the correctional centre but that normalcy had been restored after security agencies intervened.
“I wish to confirm that about 2200hrs, some yet to be identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory,” Umar said.
“However, men of the Armed Squad of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies attached to the Custodial centre have responded and calm has been restored to the facility and the situation is under control.
“Details will be made available soon.”
The Kuje Correctional Center has had a history of terrorists launching attacks to free colleagues detained there or serving prison sentence.