Kogi - The Minister of Interior, Mr Abba Moro, has ordered the contractor handling the new Koton-Karfe medium prison in Kogi to complete the facility within two weeks or risk sanctions.
Moro gave the order on Tuesday in Koton-karfe while assessing the level of damage done to the old facility by gunmen who attacked the prison on Sunday night.
Gunmen armed with grenades attacked the prison on Sunday night, freeing 144 inmates, out of whom 15 had returned, while one died in the process.
The minister condemned the attack and said that the Federal Government had ordered that security be beefed up around the facility and other prisons across the country to forestall a recurrence of such act.
The attack on that prison is most unfortunate, particularly that it came on the heels of a previous attack on the prisons.
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"We have gone there and we saw what happened and the attack virtually took the same pattern -- use of explosives to break the walls of the prison.
"What we have done now is to ensure that we step up our security and also encourage prison warders, the police and soldiers to continue to increase their level of security and surveillance around the prisons.’’
He described the Koton-Karfe prison as obsolete, saying that was what informed the construction of the new prison which was nearing completion.
Moro, who also took an assessment tour of the new prison which was few kilometres away from the old one, expressed optimism that the new prison, when completed, would forestall such jail breaks.
He said most of the inmates of the old prison would be moved to the new prison to decongest the facility and ensure maximum security in line international best practice.
The new Koton-Karfe Prison is designed to accommodate 80 inmates in line with international standards, although the minister said the facility can be subjected to further expansion.