Police foil jailbreak in Nasarawa prison


Policemen were on Thursday mobilised to foil an attempted jailbreak by inmates at the Keffi minimum security prison, Keffi Local Government Area, Nasarawa State.

The inmates were protesting over poor feeding and lack of facilities.

It was gathered that the situation was brought under control by the prompt intervention of the police and prison officials.

It was gathered that apart from poor hygienic conditions in Keffi prison, the inmates lacked access to proper medical attention. The situation prompted the prisoners to attempt to escape when they were only given a sachet of “pure water” and watery pap each morning.

There was also an acute shortage of potable water and sewage disposal system in the prison.

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The prison was said to be overcrowded “with hardly elbow space to spare”, a source said on Thursday.

“Life in Keffi prison is harrowing and the inmates could not bear the hardship, even as the government had made provision for their feeding, hence the need to attempt the jailbreak,” another source added.

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The Public Relations Officer of the state command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Mr. Abene Stephen, said it was a normal agitation in the prison, but the situation was brought under control.

Before the arrival of the comptroller, Mr. Emmanuel Okoro, prison officials refused to entertain reporters’ enquiries about the incident, keeping them for over four hours.

The waiting game continued even when the comptroller visited until the rains dispersed them.

When the reporters visited the Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, whose palace is closed by, he shared his knowledge about the development.

He confirmed that there was an attempted jailbreak and it took the intervention of police and Inspector General of Police Special Technical Team to save the situation.

(The Nation)