Most of the prisoners escaped on Monday morning in Benin when suspected hooligans attacked the White house prison along Sapele road in the city.
An armed group of prison officials allegedly engaged in a shootout with suspected hooligans, resulting in several injuries.
Also destroyed was the High Court 4 which is beside the prison where the hoodlums vandalised The hoodlums started gathering along Sapele Road beside the prison as early as 7 am setting bonfires and sending back road users.
They launched their attack when their number had swelled considerably, broke a part of the wall while some climbed the fence into the prison yard.
A few of the inmates escaped with gunshots while an elderly man was recaptured while walking away like a passerby