The Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja, in the Federal Capital Territory, is said to be under heavy attack by unknown gunmen.
A resident of the area, Joshua Friday, told The Punch that the repeated sounds of gunshots have been ongoing for the last 20 minutes.
He said the situation had caused panic in the area.
He said, “Currently in Kuje and the shooting has been going on for almost 20 minutes now. I can’t tell you what is happening, whether it is a robbery or not, but we have been hearing gunshots repeatedly around the area the prison is located. We are all scared as I speak to you. ”
Confirming the attack, the Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Mr Abubakar Umar said that some yet to be identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory about 10pm.
“However, men of the Armed Squad of the NCoS and other security agencies attached to the Custodial centre have responded.
“Calm has been restored to the facility and the situation is under control. Details will be made available soon, ” he said.
Efforts to get the police spokesperson in the FCT, Josephine Adeh, proved abortive as calls to her line were not answered.
This is coming hours after President Muhammadu Buhari’s convoy was attacked by gunmen and two people injured.