An early morning downpour on Monday in Koton-Karfe, Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State has led to the escape of about 200 prisoners from the medium federal correctional centre.
Some parts of the building housing the inmates had collapsed, even as many houses were submerged by the flood.
NAN quoted Jafar Ahmed, comptroller-general of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), as saying this while speaking with journalists in Koton Karfe on Monday.
Ahmed said the walls of two cells and a perimeter fencing came down after a flood hit the facility about 3:00 am.
The comptroller-general said the centre is no longer habitable because of the incident.
He said some re-arrested inmates have been transferred to other facilities in the state. Ahmed said details of the incident will be made public soon.
Jerry Omadara, security adviser of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, said they were informed of the development about 4:00am.
Omadara said Bello directed the head of security agencies in the state to deploy their operatives to the scene.
The security adviser said security agents were still combing the bush in an effort to re-arrest some of the fleeing inmates, adding that the flood was not making it easy for them to escape.
While commending the security agencies for their prompt intervention, he said nobody died in the incident.