No fewer than 15 inmates have reportedly escaped in a jailbreak that occurred at Nsukka Prison in Enugu state. A reliable source at the prison told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the inmates broke their cells and scaled over the perimeter fence late Tuesday.
According to the source, the inmates carefully opened their cells and before prison officials on night duty knew what was happening, about 15 inmates had escaped scaling the perimeter fence of the prisons.
The Prison Controller, Lawrence Okonkwo, confirmed the jailbreak but declined to give the number of inmates that escaped.
“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 controller, 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.”
It was however, gathered that officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service were seen in parts of Nsukka and its environs on Wednesday searching for fleeing inmates.
This is the second time the news of jailbreak is reported in barely two weeks. On 30th of July, 13 inmates were reported to have escaped from Koton Karfe prision in Kogi State.
According to reports, the 13 inmates escaped from the Medium Security facility at about 7 a.m. that faithful Saturday morning. The prisoners were said to have broken their cells and scaled the prison fence.
An unconfirmed report also had it that one of the escaped inmates was re-arrested almost immediately by security agents.