30 Escaped Prisoners Rearrested
Thirty inmates who escaped from the Minna Medium Security Prison on Sunday night have been recaptured, following combined efforts of Nigerian Prison Service and other security agencies in Niger State.
The information was disclosed by minister of interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazzau in a press statement made available to Naija News by Jibrin Baba Ndace, Chief Press Secretary to the Niger state governor after on the spot assessment of the prison.
The Minister further revealed that the Federal Government is building 3000 capacity prison in each geopolitical zone and recruit 6000 personnel admitting that security lapses were responsible for the initial jail break at Minna Prison.
“There are security gaps to be addressed in the prisons such as manpower, decongestion,” he said.
Also speaking, Niger State Governor, Alhaji 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.”
In his comment, the Comptroller General of Prison, Jaafaru Ahmed said investigative panel has been set up to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the jailbreak.
The Minister, Governor and Prisons boss, were accompanied on the visit by heads of security agencies in the state which include members of Niger State Executive Council, top government officials from Ministry of Interior and Senior Prison officers from Nigerian Prison Service Headquarters.
Recall that Naija News earlier reported that on Sunday, 3rd June, 2018 at about 8pm, there was a jailbreak at Minna Medium Security Prison located at Tunga area of Minna Metropolis perpetuated by armed criminals who attacked the prison and gain access after exchange of fire with prison armed men.