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Koton Karfe Jailbreak: How Prisons Service Recaptured Six Inmates

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Posted: Aug 1, 2016 at 2:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

Authorities announced at the weekend that six of the 13 inmates who escaped from the Koton Karfe prison in Kogi State have been apprehended.

They are now back in prison custody while a manhunt for the others has since commenced.

Mr. Ja’afaru Ahmed, controller-general of prisons, confirmed that 13 prisoners, comprising 10 pre-trial detainees and three convicts, escaped from the Koton Karfe prison in the early hours of Saturday. He made the confirmation at the premises of the prison during an assessment of the jailbreak.

Ahmed said the re-arrest of the inmates was achieved with the help of other security agencies and local vigilante groups.

In the wake of the jailbreak, a three-man panel has been inaugurated to investigate the escape.

Ahmed also stated that security arrangements have been strengthened in and around the Koton Karfe jail and other prisons across the country to forestall a recurrence.

The jailbreak has re-awakened concerns over Nigerian prisons’ security and the competence of authorities to keep inmates in custody and the communities safe from dangerous elements who seize the slightest opportunity to regain freedom.

Prisons are usually understaffed and overcrowded with inmates. The buildings are also unsuitable for use as detention facilities, sometimes the structures are as old as 60 years, inherited from the colonial era.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, for instance, has called for the federal government to investigate the incident and take action immediately.

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