Several officers and inmates sustained varying degrees of injuries when some hardened criminals reportedly incited a jailbreak at the Medium Security Custodial Centre Ubiaja in Edo State.
Reports have it that the inmates heard news about the jailbreak in Imo state that led to the release of 1,884 prisoners. This prompted them to instigate a jailbreak with hopes of escaping from the prison facility.
This is barely six days after an attempted jailbreak by prisoners in Bauchi State.
According to a statement released by the spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Service, Edo State Command, Aminu Suleman, the inmates refused to return to their cells as their normal practice.
The statement added, “Investigation later revealed that some hardened criminals among the inmates instigated others to riot having heard of what happened at Oko, Benin and Owerri to effect jail break for possible escape.
“This led to violence, damaging of cells, the admin blocks, medical office and boring of holes on the perimeter fence in a bid to facilitate their escape from custody.”
However, the prison authorities requested reinforcement from other security agencies as they quelled the unrest without any inmate escaping from the prison.
Suleman added, “The situation is fully under control with the inmates returned to their cells. No life was lost but some staff and inmates sustained various degrees of injuries and no inmate escaped from custody.”