33 Inmates Still At Large After Akwa Ibom Prison Break
Bamidele Fashube, Abuja, Nigeria, GVE- Following the escape of 47 inmates, from the Ikot Ekpene Prisons, Akwa Ibom, Uyo state capital, 14 inmates have been re-arrested while 33 others are still at large.
This was disclosed by the Akwa Ibom Controller of Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) , Mr Alex Oditah, on Thursday,
Oditah said a three-man committee has been inaugurated to ascertain the immediate and remote cause of the incident to forestall future occurrence.
According to him, four of inmates who escaped, died from bullet wounds when they tried to over power prisons officers on duty.
He added that some of the prisons officials, who sustained different degrees of injuries, were receiving treatment a undisclosed hospital.
“Some inmates escaped from Ikot Ekpene prison on Dec.7, at about 12.45 p.m.; to ascertain the total number of those that escaped we have to do headcount.
“We discovered that 47 inmates had escaped from the custody. Immediately search party swung into action and 14 were recaptured,” Oditah said.
He explained that the escaped inmates seized utensils like knives, machetes and other dangerous materials to aid their escaped.
The Comptroller of prisons disclosed that the 400 capacity Ikot Epene prisons, currently houses 831 inmates.
“The capacity for Ikot Ekpene Prisons is 400 but as of Dec. 27, the prison custody 831 inmates most of the inmates are awaiting trials.
“The Prison facilities are over stretched and requires urgent attention,” he said.
He assured that efforts are being made to rearrest others who are still at large. The inmates escaped from the prisons on 7 December.