The Nigeria Prisons Service says it has re-arrested six inmates who escaped from the Nsukka Prisons in Enugu State. The escapees were reportedly re-arrested while attempting to board commercial vehicles to flee the town.
The Enugu State Controller of Prisons, Mr. Isaiah Amariri, who confirmed the arrest, however declined to give the exact number of inmates that escaped from the prison.
But it was gathered that the number of escaped inmates have risen to 25 as against 15 initially reported. According to a reliable source the escapees were inmates at the ‘F’ line of the prison yard apartment which serves as the Awaiting Trial Male, ATM cell.
The inmates reportedly conspired within themselves and with the help of an alleged hand at the prison yard who smuggled in the ladder which the inmates used to scale the perimeter fence of the yard
Mr. Amariri said the prison service is liaising with security agents and community groups to apprehend the remaining escapees. He further assured Nigerians that after investigations on the jail break, any person in the service found to have been involved or aided the jail break would be arrested and prosecuted.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has reassured the people of the state that the recent jail break in Nsukka will not undermine the efforts of his administration to provide adequate security of lives and property in the state.
Governor Ugwuanyi, who paid a visit to Nsukka Prisons in company of the Transition Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area, Prof. Mrs. Rose Onah, and other top government functionaries, described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the frequency of jail breaks across the country in recent times is highly condemnable and calls for collaborative efforts among all stakeholders.