- No fewer than thirteen prisoners together with ten pre-trial detainees and three convicts escaped through the prison fence in Koton Karfe early Saturday in July.
- The Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Ja’afaru Ahmed, has confirmed the recapture of six of the thirteen inmates who escaped from the Koton-Karfe prison, Kogi State over the weekend.
- The spokesperson of the service, Francis Enobore, quoted the Controller-General as revealing this during an assessment of the incident in Koton Karfe yesterday.
He noted that the five pre-trial detainees were recaptured with the help of some security agencies and vigilante groups as well as individuals and had been returned to the jail.
Enobore added that the Controller-General had started a three-man panel to investigate the circumstances encompassing the escape.The Controller-General boss assured that appropriate measures were being put in place to deal with congestion, notably among awaiting trial prisoners.
Ahmed said security arrangements were being reinforced in and around prison facilities across the country to forestall from it re-occurring.
Two prisoners; Solomon Amodu from Kogi State and Maxwell Ojukwu from Delta State,are awaiting trial, following allegations of culpable homicide, escaped from the Kuje Medium prison on June 25, 2016 and are still at large.
Meanwhile, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, yesterday appealed to the federal government to set up a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the jail break.
The Governor, who condemned the persistent jail breaks at the Koton Karfe Prisons, noted that such inquiry would enable government know if there was involvement of insiders. Saturday’s jailbreak was the third in Koton Karfe since 2010.
Culled from: dailytrust