6 Inmates Died in Abakaliki Jailbreak Attempt – Controller-General

Six inmates died in the Abakaliki attempted jailbreak on August 18, says the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS).
The Service said that six inmates were shot dead by security operatives while trying to escape from the Abakaliki Prison, Ebonyi State, during a jailbreak attempt last Thursday.
According to a statement by the Prisons spokesman, DCP Francis Enobore on Sunday, said the Controller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, made this confirmation while addressing the press during a visit to the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi.
“Regrettably, at the end of the fracas, six prisoners died and 10 others were injured.
“Six prison officers were severely injured. However, both staff and inmates are responding to treatment with some already discharged from the hospital,” Enobore quoted Ahmed as saying.
The Controller-General said trouble started when prison officials were about to carry out routine cell-search in the morning but the inmates in a particular cell resisted the exercise.
“They suddenly became riotous, broke other cells and released the inmates. They eventually broke into the workshop to arm themselves with dangerous weapons and severely attacked some staff trapped in the yard while others made for the main gate and pulled it down.
“Meanwhile, the prisons Armed Squad and men from other security agencies on guard outside the perimeter fence were firing warning shots to deter the rampaging inmates but a number of them rushed out to escape.
“The bold attempt was resisted by the combined team of armed personnel who prevented what would have turned into a catastrophic security situation had the inmates succeeded in escaping,” Ahmed disclosed.
He noted that no prisoner escaped during the jailbreak.
Meanwhile, the Controller-General has set up a 3-man panel to carry out a detailed investigation into the incident in order to establish both the immediate and remote causes of the riot.

Author: News Editor

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