Unknown gunmen on Tuesday night attacked the Kuje correctional facility in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.
A resident of the area, identified as Joshua Friday, told The Punch that the shootings have been ongoing for the last 20 minutes.
Joshua added that 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.”
The Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Abubakar Umar, confirmed the attack on Wednesday in Abuja.
Umar said that some yet-to-be identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory about 10 pm.
“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.