Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Commander, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, says in the meantime that his personnel are awaiting the particulars of the escapees from the Correctional Services.
Wagambie is warning all Lae residence to be vigilant at this time as the escapees are considered dangerous.
At about 1:30pm on Sunday 16 Prisoners armed with sharp iron rods over – powered two CIS officers at the gate and broke out.
However, quick response by one of the CIS duty officers alerted CS Personnel, which resulted in 4 of the 16 inmates being recaptured.
Police were alerted and blocked off all possible routes of escape, however 12 of the inmates managed to escape.
Wagambie assures the public that the escape will be dealt with outmost urgency, as these inmates are dangerous.
The Metropolitan Superintendent is urging all residence to keep an eye out for these escapees and to corporate in maintaining law and order in the city.
Meantime, the CS have yet to release an update with regards to the situation.
Attempts to reach CS for comments regarding this matter have been unsuccessful.