AKURE, Nigeria, July 2 (UPI) -- Police in Nigeria said they captured and rearrested 54 of the 175 prisoners who escaped a prison in Akure after an attack by 30 gunmen.
At least 20 of the recaptured prisoners were discovered in brothels near the prison in Ondo State, said Wole Ogodo, police spokesman.
Brothel owners contacted police when they became suspicious of the sudden influx of customers dressed in tattered clothing, the Lagos Vanguard reported Tuesday.
About 175 prisoners were released Sunday after 30 gunmen attacked the Olokuta Medium Prison.
The gunmen injured a guard when they arrived at the main entrance to the prison and began shooting out street lights.
The attackers, using grenades, then broke down a wall leading to inmates' cells.
Ogodo denied a media report there were deaths in the attack.
"The publication is complete misrepresentation of the facts of the incident as no such dead was recorded during the jailbreak because the attack on the prison was aimed at liberating some members of their gang who were in custody," Ogodo said. "No death was recorded either on the side of the security agents, inmate or any traveler.