15 Inmates Escape From Enugu JailbreakFeatured, Latest News, News Thursday, August 11th, 2016
By Ignatius Okpara
ENUGU, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) No fewer than 15 inmates escaped during a jailbreak that occurred at Nsukka Prison in Enugu State, South East Nigeria.
A source at the prison, who did not wish to be quoted, confirmed that the inmates broke their cells and scaled over the perimeter fence late Tuesday night.
His word: “The inmates carefully opened their cells and scaled the perimeter fence of the prisons”.
“Before prison officials on night duty knew what was happening, about 15 inmates had escaped” the source confirmed.
The Comptroller of prison in the area, Lawrence Okonkwo also confirmed the jailbreak, but declined to give the actual number of inmates who escaped.
He said: “Yes there was a jailbreak last night in Nsukka prison, but I am not in a position to say how many prisoners escaped”.
“We are expecting the Enugu State Prisons Comptroller, Mr. Isaiah Amariri, in Nsukka prison so that we brief him on what happened last night.
“He will be the one to 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.”
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports had it that two escapees had been re-arrested by the security operatives.
Our Correspondent reports that officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service were seen in parts of Nsukka and its environs on Wednesday searching for the fleeing inmates.
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