Masterminds Behind Minna Jail Break, 104 Inmates Captured

Prison-inmatesThe PRO, Nigeria Prison Service, Ope Fatinikun on Monday revealed that 104 out of the 200 inmates who escaped from the Medium Security Prison in Minna, the Niger State capital, in north-east Nigeria, as well as three mastermind behind the incident have been apprehended.

Gunmen, who invaded the prison Saturday evening, shooting sporadically overpowered the guards at the facility before setting the inmates free.

However, “around 12:30 am today (Monday), three of those who masterminded the jailbreak were arrested”, Fatinikun said during a telephone interview on Sunrise Daily.

He also noted that the new Comptroller General of Prisons, Dr Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu, had condemned the Minna jail break and promised to “get the the root” of the matter.

Fatinikun also noted that about 155 inmates were in custody and that investigations into the incident are on-going.

There has been a spate of jail breaks and crisis in recent times as incidents have been recorded in Ekiti and Lagos states.

Giving update on the Ado-Ekiti case, Fatinikun said that 193 inmates were in custody but the search for 200 more inmates was on-going.

Concerning the Lagos prison riot, he noted that a lot of mobile phones had been recovered from in-mates followed a directive by the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, to the former Comptroller of Prisons, two weeks ago.

He also disclosed that Prison officers who had been found culpable had either been sacked or suspended.

Although he denied claims that there were VIP inmates who were allowed to have phones and generators, Fatinikun was unable to explain exactly how the contraband items made their way into inmates’ possession despite the search carried out on visitors to ensure they do not take in items not allowed.

He further argued that the best prisons all over the world also had issues from time to time.

Nigerian Police Arrest UN Impersonators

The Nigerian Police have arrested three suspects for impersonating the United Nations.

The three suspects, Micheal Abraham, Lemmy Odogwu and Innocent Prosper, were accused of running an illegal charity organisation and using same to extort money from innocent Nigerians.

Force Public Relations Officer, Mister Frank Mba, told a media conference that the suspects were fraudsters who use foreign organizations as a front to make their illegality appear genuine.

Operating under the name of a recruitment syndicate known as the Universal Response and Support Foundation, they claimed to be working for the United Nations in Nigeria.

The Police said that the group had extorted the sum of 7 million Naira from Nigerians.

However, one of the suspects, Michael Abraham claimed that they have no intention of impersonating the United Nations in their operations.

Though, the Police are yet to conclude investigation on the matter, the Force is advising job seekers to always ask questions from authorities before committing their funds into such venture.

SSS Arrests Terrorists Gathering Information on Prominent Abuja Hotels

The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Service, Marilyn Ogar

The State Security Services (SSS) on Wednesday in Abuja paraded three persons suspected to be terrorists who engage in espionage activities for foreign terrorist organisations.
Parading the suspects, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Service, Marilyn Ogar said the service stepped up measures to curtail the spread of terrorist activities and its impact on the peace and stability of Nigeria through sustained covert operations on suspected terrorists.

The suspects, Abdullahi Berende, Sulaiman Saka and Saheed Adewumi who claimed to be working for some Iranian handlers were arrested while trying to gather intelligence on public places and prominent hotels frequented by Americans and Israelis to facilitate attacks.

Ms Ogar said  the leader of the team, Mr Berende was asked by his sponsors to establish a small business in Lagos, using that as a cover for his activities.

The three suspected terrorists will soon be charged to court according to Marilyn Ogar.