The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Olayinka Balogun, has confirmed attempts by prisoners at the federal prison Oko in Edo state to organize a prison break.

In a telephone interview with SaharaReporters today, Mr. Balogun said some prisoners attempted to escape from the prison by digging a large hole through a cell wall. According to him, the escapees were overpowered by prison guards at 2 AM Nigerian time.

The police commissioner denied that explosives were used in the attack, but admitted that the fierce gun firing from guards at the prison must have been mistaken for bombs by people around the vicinity of the prison.

Mr. Balogun stated that two inmates have been arrested stating that everything is now under control at the prison.

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