• Attempted jailbreak at Awka prison foiled

    Attempted jailbreak at Awka prison foiled

    An attempted jail break at the Awka prison was foiled yesterday, in an attempt that may not be unconnected to the detention of some influential inmates at the facility.

    News about the jail break plot filtered into town yesterday afternoon as fear gripped the prison neighborhood with many secretly making arrangements to move their family members out of harm zone.

    Journalists gathered yesterday that the jail break plot was not unconnected with presence of some influential persons presently under prosecution in court […]

  • There was no jailbreak in Bauchi – Prisons Service

    There was no jailbreak in Bauchi – Prisons Service

    According to reports, the Nigeria Prisons Service, Bauchi State Command on Sunday refuted speculations of attempted jail-break at the Bauchi Central Prisons.

    A statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Adam Jibrin, said there was no such incident.

    The statement said: “While we express our dismay at the unprecedented anxiety the purported jail-break has generated in many quarters, the Nigeria Prisons Service wishes to inform the general public that the story is unfounded.

    “There was neither such incident in Bauchi Central […]

  • No prisoner escaped in Abakaliki attempted jailbreak – NPS

    No prisoner escaped in Abakaliki attempted jailbreak – NPS

    The Controller-General (CG) of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Ja’afaru Ahmed, has confirmed that no prisoner escaped during the attempted jailbreak in the early hours of last Thursday in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

    Ahmed disclosed this while addressing the press during a courtesy visit to the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi.

    The Controller General, who had earlier inspected Abakaliki prison stated that trouble started when prison officials were about to carry out routine cell-search in the morning but the inmates in a […]

  • 14 feared dead in Ebonyi jailbreak attempt

    14 feared dead in Ebonyi jailbreak attempt

    About 14 inmates of the Abakaliki Prison in Ebonyi State capital, were feared killed yesterday during a jailbreak bid.

    It was the latest in the incidents of jailbreak being witnessed across the country, which has attracted punishment and sack of some prisons officers by the government.

    Some inmates yesterday capitalized on the riot that broke out in the prisons to attempt escape which the police said they foiled.

    Although the police did not confirm the death of any inmate, sources said they counted […]

  • 23 prisons officers sacked over jailbreak

    23 prisons officers sacked over jailbreak

    The Federal Government has dismissed 23 Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) officers and suspended 11 others following reoccurring jailbreaks.

    The Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDFIPB) after its emergency meeting held last Thursday, approved the dismissal of three senior prisons officers serving in Kuje Medium Security Prison and three other senior officers serving in Koton Karfe Prison for their complicity in the escape of prisoners.

    The dismissal letters dated August 12, were signed by the board’s secretary, Alhaji A.A. Ibrahim.

    The […]

  • Jailbreak: FG threatens heavy sanctions on errant officers

    Jailbreak: FG threatens heavy sanctions on errant officers

    The Federal Government has threatened to sanction heavily, prison officers found culpable for cases of jail-breaks and escape from prison formations in the country.

    It said that it was important for prison officers to carry out certain routines daily to ensure the security of the facilities, warning that negligence, dereliction of duty and absenteeism by officers will be severely punished.

    The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), handed down the warning during a meeting with all senior prison service officers […]

  • Nigeria Prison recaptures 5 inmates over Kogi jailbreak

    Nigeria Prison recaptures 5 inmates over Kogi jailbreak

    The Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) has announced the re­capturing of five of the 13 prison inmates of Koton Karfe Prison who escapped during a jailbreak that took place in Kogi State at the weekend.

    Controller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, who con­firmed the escape of 13 prisoners compromising 10 pre-trial detainees and three convicts from Koton Karfe prison in the early hours of Saturday, announced that five have been recaptured.

    He made the confirmation during an on-the-spot assess­ment of the incident in Koton […]

  • Nigerian Prisons confirm jailbreak at Kuje Prison

    Nigerian Prisons confirm jailbreak at Kuje Prison

    The Nigeria Prisons Service has confirmed that there was a jailbreak at the maximum prison in Kuje, a few miles from the nation’s capital Abuja on Friday night, but said one of the key persons being held at the facility for terrorism, Mr. Charles Okah, did not escape.

    Charles is the brother of notorious MEND leader, Mr. Henry Okah, who is in prison in South Africa following his conviction for terrorism.

    Earlier reports had suggested that Charles escaped during the jailbreak. However, […]