Fifty- five of the 210 inmates that escaped at the Minna new prison have been recaptured, Controller- General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Ja’afaru Ahmed said on Thursday.
Ahmed said security have been beefed up within and outside prison facilities across the country to forestall further jailbreak or attacks.
He disclosed this in Abuja during an emergency meeting with top officers of the service on the security breach in Minna prison.
Solacebase recalled that some yet to be identified gunmen stormed Minna new prison last Sunday and exchanged fire with Armed Squad personnel on duty.
They overpowered the personnel, opened the gate-lodge and released 210 inmates.
The gun men shot and killed a staff that was resuming duty and the motorcycle rider that conveyed him.
Ahmed said a committee to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the incident is being awaited.
His words: ” This meeting is convened in the light of the recent developments in the service especially the security breach in Minna prison, Niger State.
“This is certainly a sad development especially coming at a time the service is beginning to heave a sigh of relief as our formations across the country have been witnessing peace and calm, celebrating significant breakthroughs in inmate’s education and training in sundry vocational skills, supply and distribution of drugs and stores as well as massive infrastructural interventions.
“Even though the attack is external, I still feel it is incumbent on us as managers of men and materials to re-asses ourselves with a view to ensuring that our primary mandate of safe and humane custody of inmates at all times is guaranteed.
“The issue of manpower shortage is being addressed with the on-going recruitment of more personnel into the service. And we will continue to impress the government on the imperative for more personnel and funds to the service.”
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