Breaking: Kuje prison officials shoot inmates, allege jailbreak attempt

There was commotion Monday morning at the Kuje Medium Prison as officials shoot sporadically while alleging an attempt to break jail by inmates.

The complex was rattled with sporadic gunshots and tear gassing of already locked up inmates.
The jitter Nigerian Times have learnt may be as a result of the loss of jobs that followed earlier jail breaks in Enugu, Kogi, Kuje and others.

Sources confirmed that there is a lock down in the prison as the officials are throwing tear-gas at the inmates to cow them because of the last jail break.

“We do not know what they want to do with us, some people are on the ground now rolling and crying.

“There is no jail break, yet they woke up this morning to start shooting tear gas at us,” an inmate disclosed.

Efforts to speak with the prisons spokesman Francis Enobore proved abortive as calls put through to him were not answered.

Meanwhile in a later development, the FCT Controller of Prisons, Mr Daniel Odahro, while confirming that there was a “minor riot’’ by inmates of the Kuje Prison said the situation has been brought under control.

He explained that a ‘’disagreement’’ ensued at about 10.30 a.m., on Monday, when some inmates resisted the routine search in their cells.

Odahro said that the situation was subsequently brought under control by the security operatives on duty and that no inmate escaped from the facility.

He dismissed claims that inmates were shot in the melee, and insisted that the situation had been completely taken care of.

“There was nothing like an attempted jail break, yes we had a minor disagreement between prison officials and some inmates, who refused the routine morning search in their cells,

“I can categorically tell you that no inmate escaped and the situation has been brought under control, ’’he said.

Odahro said that security had been beefed up in an around the prison to forestall a recurrence.

There have been increasing cases of jail breaks in the past few months with worst incidents reported at Koton-Karfe, Nsukka, Kuje and Abakaliki prisons.