“But, as the day progresses, the number will surely increase,” he said, adding that “various processes have been activated to ensure that all prisoners are re-detained.”
On Sunday night, heavily armed men entered the Kabba detention center in Kogi state and forcibly released many prisoners after clashing with armed guards.
He further explained that a soldier and a police officer were killed in the attack, while two other guards were still missing on Monday after the assault on the Kogi province prison on Sunday.
On the other hand, Interior Minister Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola added that a joint force of all police agencies has been established to pursue escaped inmates since at the time of the assault, the prison had 294 inmates.
While it is unclear who the assailants were, in recent years both central and northwestern Nigeria have been the home of criminal gangs. In fact, it is the second time this year that there has been a massive prison break in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa.
Authorities do not believe the two cases are related. The other leak, which occurred in April, was attributed to pro-Biafra secessionists in the southeast of the country. Some 1,844 inmates fled after the attack in Imo province.
At the end of last year there were two other large prisoner escapes in the southwest of the country, amid protests against the police.