On Wednesday we published the news about the prison break in Nsukka, Enugu State. At the time the news was published had not given his press statement even though he comfirmed the report. Speaking to News men today the controller of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) in Enugu State said 6 of the escaped inmates have been captured. He still refused to mention the number of inmates that escaped from the Prison. Here is what he said in the press conference.
There was a jail break in Nsukka prisons on Tuesday night between 12PM and 3AM, in which many inmates escaped, though six of them have been re-arrested.
I cannot give the exact figure for now as investigations are still on.
We will send our findings to the Comptroller-General of Prisons who will make public the exact number and cause of Nsukka prisons jailbreak.
The service is liaising with security agents and community vigilante groups to know the hideout of those still on the run in order to re-arrest them.
After investigations on the jailbreak, any person in the service found to have been involved or aided the Tuesday jailbreak will be arrested and prosecuted no matter his or her position.
Security has been beefed up in and around Nsukka prisons with serious surveillance on the prisons facilities, inmates and staff.
The prisons authorities are on top of the situation and will put measures in place to avoid a repeat of what happened on Tuesday night in Nsukka,”
He added that the general public should help security agencies in ensuring that the rest of the escaped inmates are captured.
“We solicit for help from the general public who may have information about the fleeing inmates to feel free and call prisons authorities or security agents to enable them re-arrest the escapees. We promise that such information will be given the confidentiality it deserves and source identity will be fully protected,”
On the condition of the Nsukka prisons, Amariri said it was established 100 years ago with the original capacity of 168 inmates, but currently harbours 264 prisoners.