FG Suspends Niger State Prisons Controller, Others Over Jailbreak

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro on Tuesday approved the suspension of the Controller of Prisons, Niger State Command, Musa Maiyaki, the Officer-in-Charge, Medium Security Prison Minna, ACP Mohammed Bena and all other officers on duty during the jailbreak that led to the escape of over 200 prisoners on 6, December 2014.

The suspension was contained in a statement signed and issued on Tuesday by Ope Fatinikun, National Public Relations Officer, Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS. According to Fatinikun, the suspension followed recommendations of the Controller General of the NPS, Dr. Peter E Ekpendu, for the immediate removal and suspension of the officers in charge pending the outcome of investigation on the jail break.

He added that Ekpendu also ordered the immediate transfer of 55 officers and men of the Zonal and State headquarters, Minna to medium security prison Minna and Old Prison Minna to beef up security in the two prisons. Fanitikun via the statement also said that the NPS had recaptured 108 inmates out of 275 prisoners who escaped.

Fanitikun informed that a search party comprising the Nigerian Army, DSS, police and prisons are still conducting investigation and search around the neighbouring states. Ekpendu said the incidence is not a terrorist attack but an attempted jailbreak. The NPS therefore appealed to communities and neighbouring states of Kwara, Kaduna, Kebbi and FCT to be vigilant and watch out for any suspicious movement around and report such person(s) to the nearest police stations or prisons formations.

The NPS said 166 Inmates are still at large while the total number of inmates in the prisons’ custody as at today is 157, which includes 49 that did not escape.

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