The Nigerian Prison Service says at least four persons have been killed after a jailbreak in one of its facilities in Akwa Ibom.
36 prisoners are still at large and seven have been recaptured after the incident at the Ikot Ekpene prison.
Search parties have been activated to effect the recapture of the prisoners who had attacked kitchen staff before escaping.
Meanwhile, the Controller of Prisons, Akwa Ibom State Command, Alex Oditah has ordered an investigation into the unfortunate incident.
Oditah appealed to members of the public to assist with useful intelligence that will aid their investigation.