The eight inmates who escaped from the Oko minimum security prison in Benin City blew up the toilet, State Comptroller of Prison, Ewulu Jimoh, has said.
Jimoh said 12 inmates ran out but four were re-arrested.
The State Comptroller debunked media reports that gunmen attacked the prison to free the inmates.
He said the inmates escaped without help from outside.
His words: “We heard an explosion at the inmates’ toilet and some of them ran out. We re-arrested four but eight made it through. There was no casualty. The gates were not bombed. Even if they bombed the gates, there was no way inmates could escape because the area is well secured.”
The Comptroller said they are investigating the device that was used and how the explosives were taken inside.
Commissioner of Police, Olayinka Balogun, yesterday said he was shown two holes bored into the cell walls and another through the fence made by the inmates.
Olayinka said there was no bomb blast at Oko prison and that gunmen did not invade the prison.
He said the situation has been put under control and that he was waiting for the prison authorities for more briefing.