More fears of prison breaks in Nigeria
from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN Prisons authorities have assured calm has been retained following clashes between officers and inmates at a maximum prison housing hardcore criminals in the West African country battered by terrorism.
Incessant jailbreaks in recent weeks have exacerbated issues.
Matters came to a head on Monday as prisons officers allegedly fired teargas at inmates following alleged plans of a prison break at Kuje Medium Security Prison.
The facility, which also houses some masterminds of the Boko Haram terror that has killed some 20 000 people and displaced more than 3 million has suffered as much as five breaks in August.
Prisons officials have been blamed for the spate of jailbreaks.
However, Chukwuedo Humphrey, the Prisons spokesperson, downplayed the skirmishes.
“The security and wellbeing of prisoners in the Federal Capital Territory will continue to be held as a priority task and will never be compromised,” assured Humphrey.
Earlier this month, more than 20 prisons officers were dismissed and 11 others suspended for their complicity in the spate of recent escapes of prisoners in the country.
Among those sacked were three senior officers serving in Kuje.
– CAJ News
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