FG Sacks 23 Prison Officers Over Jailbreaks

Nigeria Prisons Service, Prison, JailbreaksTwenty-three officers of the Nigeria Prisons Service have been relieved of their jobs for their alleged role in the jailbreaks that occurred recently at Kuje Medium Security Prison in the Federal Capital Territory and Koton-Karfe Prison in Kogi State.

This decision was approved at an emergency meeting of the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board in Abuja on August 11.

A statement from the Nigeria Prisons Service indicates that 17 junior staff of the Kuje and Konton-Karfe prisons have also been sacked in connection with the jailbreaks.

In addition, the officer in charge of the Nsukka Prison in Enugu State, Mr Lawrence Okonkwo and 10 other staff of the facility have been suspended, to allow for an investigation of the escape of 15 inmates from the prison last week, though six of them were said to have been re-arrested.

The sack comes on the heels of the three jailbreaks that occurred between June and August in Kuje, Koton-Karfe and Nsukka prison facilities, all in Nigeria.

Two inmates escaped from the Kuje prison while 13 others fled the Koton-Karfe prison.

The Nsukka jailbreak was the recent where 15 prisoners escaped, just as six escapees were rearrested.

Enugu Governor Orders Immediate Fortification Of Nsukka Prison

Ifeanyi-UguwanyiEnugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has ordered the immediate fortification of the five cells at the Minimum Prison, Nsukka.

The directive follows the jail break incident in the prison in which 15 inmates in the Awaiting Trial Men Cell escaped as six of them have been recaptured.

Governor Ugwuanyi was on inspection tour of the prison to ascertain what caused the incident.

He was received by the Deputy Comptroller of Prisons in-charge of Enugu State, Mr Lawrence Felix.

Addressing the prison officials, he ordered the immediate release of 1.5 million Naira for the outright fortification of the five cells in the prison to avert such  incident from reoccurring.

The Governor also directed the Police Area Commander, Mr Monday Kuryas, to step up security around the area.

He urged the prisoners to be obedient and law abiding while he asked the people of Enugu State to remain calm, saying that their safety was his priority.

The prison official on his part bemoaned the structural problem of the prison, saying that the cells were mere relics of the colonial masters without proper burglary proofs and iron security doors.

Enugu Prison
Front view of the prison described as ‘mere relics of the colonial masters’

He said that investigations were ongoing, stressing that suspicions were high that the jailbreak might have been successfully carried out by the inmates in collaboration with a former inmate who was conversant with the terrain and have aided the escapees.

The Minimum Prison, Nsukka was built in 1934 with initial capacity of 186 inmates but presently has 254 prisoners with 95% on awaiting trial.

The Enugu State Comptroller of Prisons, Mr Isaiah Amariri, had confirmed that six inmates were re-arrest, but declined to give the exact number of inmates that escaped from the prison.

The Enugu incidence is coming about two weeks after 13 inmates escaped from the Koton Karfe Medium Security Prison in Kogi State.

Nsukka Jail Break: Six Escaped Inmates Re-arrested

Nsukka, Prison. Inmates, Enugu StateThe Nigeria Prisons Service says it has re-arrested six inmates who escaped from the Nsukka Prisons in Enugu State.

The Enugu State Controller of Prisons, Mr Isaiah Amariri, who confirmed the arrest, however declined to give the exact number of inmates that escaped from the prison.

Mr Amariri said the prison service is liaising with security agents and community groups to apprehend the remaining escapees.

He further assured Nigerians that after investigations on the jail break, any person in the service found to have been involved or aided the jail break would be arrested and prosecuted.

Some inmates had on Tuesday night, broke their cells and scaled over the perimeter fence of the Nsukka Prison in Enugu State, southeast Nigeria.

The Enugu incidence is coming about two weeks after 13 inmates escaped from the Koton Karfe Medium Security Prison in Kogi State.

15 Inmates Escape From Nsukka Prison

Nigerian PrisonsPrison officials at the Nsukka Prison in Enugu State, Nigeria’s South-East region are on the trail of about 15 inmates, who escaped on Tuesday.

Reports say that the inmates broke their cells and scaled over the perimeter fence.

The Controller of the Prison, Mr. Lawrence Okonkwo, who confirmed the jailbreak, however, declined to give the number of inmates that escaped.

Mr. Okonkwo said that only the Enugu State Prisons Controller, Mr Isaiah Amariri, can tell the public the number of inmates that escaped, the re-arrested ones and efforts put in place to arrest those still on the run.

This comes as unconfirmed reports say that two escapees have been rearrested.

The Enugu incidence is coming about two weeks after 13 inmates escaped from the Koton Karfe Medium Security Prison in Kogi State.

The Ministry of Interior, Mr Willie Bassey, announced later that 6 out of the 13 inmates that escaped were re-arrested and are back in custody.