219 escape in Nigeria jailbreak, 30 rearrested

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Boko Haram has launched a number of prison breaks in the past, including the arson attack on Maiduguri prison in Yobe state in 2009. Photo: Reuters
Boko Haram has launched a number of prison breaks in the past, including the arson attack on Maiduguri prison in Yobe state in 2009. Photo: Reuters

Following combined efforts of Nigerian Prison Service and other security agencies in Niger State, 30 out of 219 inmates who escaped from Minna Medium Security Prison on Sunday night have been recaptured, DAILY NIGERIAN can report.

The minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who revealed that Federal Government is building 3000 capacity prison in each geopolitical zone and recruit 6000 personnel, admitted that there were security lapses at Minna Prison.

“There are security gaps to be addressed in the prisons such as manpower, decongestion,” he said.

The Comptroller General of Prison, Jaafaru Ahmed, said investigative panel has been set up to  ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the jailbreak.

Also speaking, Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello, called for more commitment to duties, adding that Niger State Government would work with Federal Government on prison reforms.

“I will like to appeal to public servants generally to take their jobs seriously. Niger State Government colloboarate with the Federal Government to improve infrastructure of prisons across the state.”

Dibal Yakadi, the Commissioner of Police in Niger, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna that only 19 out of the 219 prisoners that escaped were arrested.

“We are working in collaboration with other security agencies in Niger State to make sure that we re-arrest the runaway inmates.

“The police has embarked on stop and search for all vehicles and also engaged personnel on motor and foot patrol to ensure that we apprehend these inmates,” he said.

Mr Sani-Bello, Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Comptroller General of Prison, Jaafaru Ahmed were accompanied by heads of security agencies in the state.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that on Sunday at about 7:15pm, gunmen attacked the prison and freed over 200 inmates, including 16 condemned prisoners.