In a jail-break that occurred on Tuesday night, no fewer than 15 inmates were believed to have escaped from Nsukka Prison in Enugu state
According to a report by Punch Newspaper, a reliable source at the prison disclosed to a correspondent on Wednesday that the inmates broke their cells and scaled over the perimeter fence.
“The inmates carefully opened their cells and scaled the perimeter fence of the prisons. Before prison officials on night duty knew what was happening, about 15 inmates had escaped,” the source said.
Lawrence Okonkwo, the controller of the prison, who confirmed the jail break but declined to give the number of inmates that escaped, said;
“Yes there was a jail break last night in Nsukka prison but I am not in a position to say how many prisoners escaped.
“We are expecting the Enugu state Prisons Controller, Mr Isaiah Amariri, in Nsukka prison so that we brief him on what happened last night.
“He will be the one to tell the public the number of inmates that escaped, re-arrested ones and efforts put in place to arrest those still on the run”, the source added.
Officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service were seen in parts of Nsukka and its environs searching for fleeing inmates on Wednesday as reports reveal that two escapees had been re-arrested.