In Port-Harcourt, Nigeria’s oil rich state, seven militants escaped from a prison on Sunday using their metal beds as ladders to climb over the walls. A spokesperson for the prison said two of the inmates have been re-arrested.
The Militants, who say they are fighting for a fairer share of the country’s oil wealth, have been behind years of sabotage attacks and kidnappings of oil workers in the Niger Delta, the heartland of Africa’s largest oil and gas industry.
An amnesty in 2009 brought a halt to major pipeline attacks but oil theft and abductions still occur.
“The five escapees are dangerous criminals, notorious militants. We appeal to the public to assist us in re-arresting them,” said a spokesperson for the Port-Harcourt prison. “(The escape) was achieved by the use of iron beds as ladders to cross into the waterfronts.”
He said 23 other inmates attempted to escape but were not able to get out of the prison.