Monday, 24 July 2017

Explosion rocks Bayelsa prison as inmates attempt jailbreak

Six inmates of Okaka Prisons in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, have been apprehended for attempting to escape from the prison.

Punch Reports that the mastermind of the attempted jailbreak, Mr. Victor Tekekuma, who is an ex-militant, blew the prison cell with an improvised explosive device.

The bang of the explosion drew the attention of the security operatives who advanced to the scene, leading to the arrest of six of the inmates who wanted to escape.

The Okaka prison, with a capacity of 300 inmates, presently has 600 inmates and twice in the last three years suspects awaiting trial have escaped from prison vans conveying them to court, prompting extra security beef up at the prisons including the deployment of soldiers and an Armoured Personnel Carrier to the Okaka prisons to prevent any jail break.

 Investigations revealed that the attempted jail break was carried out to free supposed six hardened criminals awaiting trial for armed robbery and kidnapping at the prison.

Residents of Okaka were thrown into pandemonium when at about 9pm there was a loud bang followed by sporadic gun shots around the prison area.

Daily Sun reports that two IEDs were smuggled into the prison for the operation and one of the IED was to blast open their cell and the other to be used for the fence for their final escape.

The six suspects had succeeded in blasting open the wall of the fence and were about to move outside when they were accosted by armed prison guards that had moved swiftly to the scene.

In an interview the Controller of Prisons, Yenagoa, Mr Chiabua Chuks Victor Uche who confirmed the attempted jail break commended the Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State command, Mr Asuquo Amba , Director of the DSS in the state, Mr. Segun Agbaje, and the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Desmond Agu, for their prompt response to prevent the jail break.

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