MEND Leader, Other Inmates Attempt Prison Break At Kuje Prison


Charles Okah, the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombings has been reported to still be in custody after the attempted prison break from Kuje Prison in Abuja yesterday.

The Nigerian Prisons Service has debunked reports that the alleged bomber, Charles Okah was among the inmates who attempted a prison break at about 7:30pm on Friday, June 24th 2016.

Kuje Prison Inmates Attempt Prison Break

The earlier reports had alleged that some of the prison inmates, including Mr. Charles Okah had scaled the prison’s wall and fled on Friday night.

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A statement released by the spokesperson for the Nigerian Prisons Service, Francis Enobore in response to the reports, said,

“It is not true (that Charles Okah escaped)”

“He is there (Kuje prison) hale and hearty. The comptroller of prisons in charge of the FCT was there less than 30 minutes ago and he saw him there.

“I spoke to the controller.”

Spokesperson for the Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr. Enobore, however, admitted that there was indeed an incident at the prison on Friday night as some inmates had attempted a prison break.

“Yes there was an incident yesterday, but Henry Okah was not involved.

“The Comptoller of Prisons has ordered an investigation and that is going on. We want to know if anybody escaped and if yes, what are their identities.”

Mr. Enobore also promised to provide more updates once the preliminary investigation into the incident is completed.

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Meanwhile, Henry Okah, brother to Charles Okah, leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) and had in February 2016, sued the Federal Government for allegedly violating the rights of inmates at the Maximum Security Prison in Kuje, Abuja.

In the suit, Mr. Okah asked the court to compel the government to pay the sum of N350 million in damages for alleged violation of his fundamental rights.