Heads to roll over Kuje prisoners’ escape

Lt.Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau rtd

Lt.Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau rtd

INDICATIONS emerged on Monday, in Abuja, heads are to roll in the Nigerian Prisons Service over the observable lapses that led to the last Friday Kuje Prison jailbreak and escape of two inmates.  Minister of Interior of Interior, Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazau, who visited the Kuje Medium Security Prison over the incident was visibly angry that his earlier warning when he visited the prison was ignored.
He disclosed that a panel of investigation had already been set up to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the escape of the two inmates and that those found guilty would be punished.
He attributed the recent jailbreak at Medium Prison in Kuje to security lapses which he once noticed the last time he visited the place.
Two inmates standing trial over murder at the weekend, escaped and were still at large following a jailbreak incident at the prison.
The minister, who said he was aware of the lapses in Kuje Prison and brought it to the attention of the immediate past Controller-General of Prisons, but nothing was done about it.
Higher profile inmates like the former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who are standing trial for various corruption allegations among others, are held in the prison.
One of the challenges of the prison, Nigerian Tribune gathered was overcrowding of inmates.
It was gathered that Kuje Prison, which has the capacity to accommodate 560 inmates, is housing a total of 841 inmates, while only 185 are convicted prisoners a total of 631 are awaiting trial.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, shortly after inspection of the facility, Dambazzau said investigation into the matter would be taken to a logical conclusion.




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