Attempted Jail Break In Calabar Prison In Pictures

An attempted jail break in Calabar Prison, Cross River State, has been foiled by officers and men of the Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS, with the support of the Army and Police, with eight prisoners killed, and 17 wounded, while prison wardens were also injured.

NPS Public Relations Officer, Enobore Francis, in a statement, yesterday, in Abuja, explaining how the jail-break was foiled, said: “Trouble started when, on February 20, 2015 at 11a.m., two cells housing some awaiting trial prisoners were opened, as a normal routine, for the inmates to take their baths. About four of them walked up to an escort staff to complain that they were tired of staying in the prison awaiting justice and wanted to be taken to court.

“The staff on duty appealed to them to exercise patience for courts to resume sitting as they were currently on strike but this fell on deaf ears. Other prisoners soon joined in the agitation to be taken to court and in a spontaneous reaction, pounced on the staff, advanced through the Chief Warden’s office, destroying all the adjoining doors before gaining access to the gate lodge.

“They eventually broke into the armoury situated in the gate lodge and collected three riffles, went to the yard and started firing sporadically.

“Warning shots fired by armed men on guard duty outside the perimeter fence did not deter them. The prisoners rather went to the rear of the perimeter fence and fired several shots at the wall to weaken the blocks. Thereafter, they used a concrete slab to hit open the weakened wall, making a large hole through which they jumped out, still firing at anything in sight.

“They were, however, engaged in a gun battle with the armed squad personnel assisted by the Army and Policemen and at the end, eight of the prisoners died, 17 were injured, four staff were also injured with one of them having serious wounds.”



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