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Following extremely heavy rains near the Nigerian capital of Lagos, 118 inmates have escaped from prison in Suleja.

The rainstorm lasted several hours and caused major damage to parts of the medium-security prison. This includes the perimeter wall and surrounding buildings.

The storm and escape took place on Wednesday. By Thursday, spokesperson Adama Duza confirmed that service agents were hunting the fugitives and that 10 had already been captured at the time.

“We are in hot chase to recapture the rest.”

He assured the public that they were in control of the situation.

“The public is further enjoined to look out for the fleeing inmates and report any suspicious movement to the nearest security agency.”

News24 reports that thousands of inmates have escaped in recent years due to weak infrastructure and militant attacks, notably a July 2022 Islamic State attack on a high-security prison in the capital Abuja where around 440 inmates were freed.

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