The Nigerian Prison Service yesterday released a statement to announce a jailbreak in one of its facilities in Akwa Ibom; they also confirmed that four of the prison inmates died in the process of attempted jailbreak at the Ikot Ekpene Prison in Akwa-Ibom state yesterday December 27th, 2017.
According to the statement by the Akwa Ibom state prison command, ASP Ogbajie J. Ogbajie, some prison inmates attacked other inmates that were serving in the prison’s kitchen. They seized an axe from their fellow inmates, inflicted a deep cut on their head and immediately made for the rear entrance of the prison. They broke the door with the axe and engaged the staff that chased after them in a battle.
At the end of the scuffle, 4 lost their lives while 7 were recaptured and 36 escaped and are still at large; however, a search parties exercise have been activated to effect their recapture.
The Controller of Prisons Akwa Ibom State Command, Alex Oditah has also ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.
The statement by Akwa-Ibom State Command reads:
At about 1147hrs on Wednesday, 27 December 2017, there was an attack on kitchen staff that were on duty at Ikot Ekpene Prison in Akwa-Ibom State by some prisoners.
They seized an axe from fellow inmate attached to the kitchen, inflicting a deep cut to inmates’ head in the process and immediately made for the rear entrance to the prison. They broke the door with the axe and engaged the staff that chased after them in battle.
At the end of the scuffle, 4 of them that sustained gun shots lost their lives while 7 were recaptured. 36 are still at large and search parties have been activated to effect their recapture.
Meanwhile, the Controller of Prisons Akwa Ibom State Command, Alex Oditah has ordered an investigation into the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident.
The CP wishes to appeal to members of the public to assist the authority with useful intelligence that will aid arrest of feeling prisoners assuring that security has been strengthen in all prison formations in the State to forestall breach of security.
ASP Ogbajie J. Ogbajie
Command Public Relations Officer
For: CP Akwa-Ibom State