Several inmates of the Ikoyi Prison, a major correctional facility in Lagos state have been electrocuted when electric cables at the prison went up in flames late Monday morning.
Details on the degree of damage or casualty is yet to be confirmed, but there are reports that five inmates lost their lives while 10 others sustained injuries in the incident.
Chief spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service Francis Enobore confirmed the incident on Monday after but failed to give further details on the cause of the explosion.
Meanwhile, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has ordered a probe of the incident.
In a statement issued by his press secretary, Jane Osuji, the Minister said update on the development would be made public in due time.
Ikoyi Prison is one of Nigeria’s oldest and largest correctional facilities, holding over two thousand inmates.