The assault was blamed on Islamic extremist rebels.
About 300 prisoners have been recaptured, authorities stated.
Not less than 600 inmates have escaped in a jailbreak in Nigeria’s capital metropolis, officers stated.
The “very decided” rebels attacked the Kuje most jail in Abuja on Tuesday evening with “very high-grade explosives”, killing one guard on obligation, in accordance with Shuaib Belgore, everlasting secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Inside.
Explosions and gunfire have been heard at about 10pm within the Kuje space of Abuja when the attackers arrived and compelled their method into the jail by a gap blown in a wall.
The rebels who attacked the jail have waged an insurgency within the nation’s north-east for over a decade.
Their assault on the detention facility freed lots of their members who’re inmates, jail officers stated.
“We perceive they’re Boko Haram. They got here particularly for his or her co-conspirators,” stated Mr Belgore.
“Proper now, we have now retrieved about 300 out of about 600 that bought out of the jail.”
Nigeria’s jihadi rebels have carried out a number of jailbreaks within the nation’s north-east in recent times, however that is the primary within the capital metropolis.
Nigeria’s extremist insurgency, carried out by Boko Haram and an offshoot often known as the so-called Islamic State Central African Province, is blamed for violence that has induced the deaths of greater than 35,000 folks and displaced greater than two million folks, in accordance with the UN.
The extended instability, starvation and lack of well being companies attributable to the insurgency have not directly induced the deaths of greater than 300,000 extra folks, says the UN.
The extremists’ violence is essentially the most critical safety problem in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with 206 million folks, which is also battling violence within the north-west by rebellious herdsmen and a separatist motion within the nation’s south.