Mr Isaiah Amariri, the Enugu State Controller of Nigeria Prisons Service, said on Thursday that six of the inmates that escaped from Nsukka Prisons on Tuesday night, have been re-arrested.
Amariri, who gave the figure to newsmen in Nsukka, however declined to give the exact number of inmates that escaped from the prison.
He said the prison service was liaising with security agents and community groups to apprehend the remaining escaped prisoners.
He said, “There was a jail break in Nsukka prisons on Tuesday night between 12pm and 3am, in which many inmates escaped, though six of them have been re-arrested.”
He assured that any official indicted the course of the investigation would be punished.
He said, “After investigations on the jail break, any person in the service found to have been involved or aided the Tuesday jail break will be arrested and prosecuted no matter his or her position.
He said, “Security has been beefed up in and around Nsukka prisons with serious surveillance on the prisons facilities, inmates and staff.”
The controller solicited the help of the general public who might have information on the whereabouts of the fleeing inmates, to report to relevant security agencies.
According to Amariri, the Nsukka Prisons was established a hundred years ago with the original capacity of 168 inmates, but currently harbours 264 prisoners.