Nigeria Correctional Service, Eket, Akwa Ibom State today recorded a jail break as inmates protested the alleged death of one of their own.
Our correspondent gathered that inmates who tried to escape were Bassey Akpan from Nsit Ubium, Ronald Sunday from Eket and Gideon Ikot from Ibeno.
Information available to newsmen who visited the scene has it that over 100 inmates started the protest around 5:30am on Saturday in the NCS, Eket.
A source who pleaded strict anonymity hinted that the warders allegedly beat up an inmate to death yesterday (friday) evening and other inmates who got to know about the incident protested and called for the redeployment of the deputy controller.
“On the course of the protest, properties worth millions of naira including four cells were destroyed, internally.
“The clinic facilities, kitchen, store houses, pantry and others facilities and condemned the inmates cells and nearly all the facilities were destroyed,” he said.
He said that the inmates who tried to escape were injured and apprehended by the warders as one was shot on the legs, the other on the head and one with big cut on his hand.
The source further alleged that the inmates had put holes on the walls so that they could claim the prison wall to escape but unfortunately none of them succeeded in escaping.
Warders, as at time of visit by newsmen had surrounded the hospital where the injured inmates who attempted to escape were receiving treatment.
Further investigations within the area revealed that the situation would have gotten out of hand, but not for the combined JTF, DSS, Police, detachment of neighbouring personnel in other local government areas including Uyo.
“They were shooting sporadically to ensure that no inmate escaped from the prison”. Another source added
When contacted, the Prisons Public Relations Officer
Mr Josiah Okgajie, threatened correspondents to drop the story or be ready to defend such report