Prisoners recaptured after daring Nigeria prison break

from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – SOME 30 inmates that escaped from a prison in central Nigeria at the weekend have been recaptured.

This follows combined efforts of the Nigerian Prisons Service and other security agencies in the Niger State.

The inmates escaped on Sunday night as armed criminals attacked the prison and gain access after exchanging fire with prison security personnel at the Minna Medium Security Prison. A prison officer and a driver were killed during the jailbreak in Nigeria’s biggest state by size.

Jaafaru Ahmed, the Nigeria Prisons Service Comptroller General, said an investigative panel had been set up to ascertain the the jailbreak.

General Abdulrahman Dambazau, the Minister of Interior, who toured the prison alongside Ahmed and other government officials, admitted there were security lapses at Medium Security Prison.

“There are security gaps to be addressed in the prisons such as manpower and decongestion,” Dambazau said.

The minister disclosed the Federal Government was building a3 000-capacity prison in each of the six geopolitical zones and recruit 6 000 personnel.

Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello, the Niger Governor, also appeared to lay the blame on prisons personnel for the jailbreak on Sunday.

“I would like to appeal to public servants generally to take their jobs seriously,” the governor said.

The Minna Medium Security Prison suffered another jailbreak four years ago when 270 prisoners escaped after three gunmen attacked the facility.
– CAJ News

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