There is apprehension among residents of Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory, following the repeated sounds of gunshots being heard in the area.
There are fears among residents that the correctional center is under attack by armed men.
Many criminals may have been released during the attack.
A resident of the area, Joshua Friday, told our correspondent that the shootings, which started around 10:30pm on Tuesday, lasted for 20 minutes.
He said the situation has 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 that gunshots repeatedly around the area the prison is located. We are all scared as I speak to you. ”
When contacted, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service, Umar Abubakar asked our correspondent to call him back.
Efforts to get the police spokesperson in the FCT, Josephine Adeh, proved abortive as calls to her line were not answered. She has also not responded to messages sent to her
Nigerian cable news online gathered that the Nigerian correctional services had earlier received an intelligence of a possible attack on one of it’s facilities.