Minister of Interior, Abdulraman Dambazzau, has given fresh facts over the cause of the Jail break at the Minna Medium Prison in Niger State where 210 prisoners escaped and two persons killed as a result of the attack of gun men as indications pointed to two condemned prisoners.
The minister confirmed yesterday that among the escaped prisoners were two condemned prisoners whose execution was to be confirmed yesterday (Monday).
The minister who came for ‘an the on the spot assessment’ of the jail break told Journalists that 182 of the prisoners who escaped are still at large while about 28 of them have been rearrested back between Sunday night and Monday morning of their escape from the prison.
Rationalising the reason for the escape , the minister stated that, “Condemned criminals are those who are awaiting confirmation by state government for execution, two of those who escaped from the prisons I understand are meant to be confirmed today (Monday) probably that is the motivation for the escape.”
Dambazau stated that it was the hope that some of those who escaped would be rearrested in few days, noting that “as we are just coming out someone was rearrested and brought back hopefully within the next few days we should be able to track most of them”.
According to him the Controller General, Ahmed Ja’afar, who was in his entourage has instituted a committee to investigate the circumstances around the jail break and that the next line of action will be determined by the outcome of the investigation.
“Our visit here is on the spot assessment and we have seen some gaps, that we need to ensure that it is covered in the future but we do not want to pre empt any investigation that will be carried out,” he added.
The controller general of Prison however disclosed that there was no any Boko Haram prisoner in the Prison but maintained that the prison service would institute a thorough investigation into the jail break to determine how the gunmen were able to get access to the prison, the strength and the motive for their visit.
The incident was said to have been perpetuated by very armed gunmen who came in four vehicles in convoy, attacked the prison and gain access after exchange of fire with prison officers killing a prison officer who was resuming duty and an Okada rider who convey the prison officer on night duty during the attack..
Niger State governorm Abubakar Sani Bello in company of the minister said, “It is very unfortunate, it has happened and what we have learnt in this jail break is that we have to look at so many from the infrastructure to operation.”
He said, “like the minister has mentioned it clear that there is shortage of man power but I think most importantly I will like to appeal to prison officers and general people must take their job seriously especially in a prison where we have condemned prisoners.“
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