When contacted, the spokesman of the Nigerian Prison Service, DCP Francis Enobore confirmed the incident, promising to get back to our reporter later.
“Yes, there is an issue but I don’t have details now. Give me some minutes to get back to you because I’m on my way to the prisons now,” he said.
Spate of breaks
There have been four prison breaks in the country in the last three months.
The first was at the Kuje Medium Prison on the 24th of June, 2016, just five weeks after the new Controller-General of Nigeria Prison Service (NPS), Ahmed Ja’afaru took charge.
Two high profile inmates Solomon Amodu and Maxwell Ajukwu (both standing trial for culpable homicide) escaped from custody and are still at large till this moment.
Again, on 30th July, 13 inmates escaped from the Koton Karfe Minimum Prisons in Kogi state.
On the 8th of August, 2016, there was another jailbreak in Nsuka, Enugu State where 15 inmates, comprising 10 pre-trial detainees and three convicts allegedly escaped from the Nsuka Prison.
Just 10 days after, there was an attempted jailbreak, this time, in Abakaliki Prison, Ebonyi State where officials claimed six inmates attempting to escape were killed and several others injured.