Riot broke out in Kuje Prison on Monday morning just as officials arrived at the facility for their routine duties.
A top prison official, who cannot be named because he is not authorized to speak on the matter, told PREMIUM TIMES the crisis started at about 10.30am from one of the blocks and spread to other blocks within the facility.
He said a team of security operatives had been drafted to the facility to contain the uprising but could not tell whether any inmate had escaped.
Another source said inmates had been locked up while heavily armed security operatives fire teargas towards inmates’ cells.
“There is heavy shooting now,” our source said. “The whole place is in confusion. All the inmates have been locked in their cells but the security operatives are shooting teargas into the cells,” the source said.