Rivers - The police in Rivers have beefed up security at Federal Prison, Ahoada, in Ahoada East Local Government Area following a jailbreak attempt on Saturday.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ben Ugwuegbulam, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Sunday that the police and other security agencies foiled an attempt by inmates to escape from the prison.
NAN learnt that the inmates protested against over-crowding and the inability of the state chief judge to come to the prison for jail delivery.
Ugwuegbulam said the attempt began at 5p.m on Saturday but that the timely intervention of the police and other security agencies foiled the effort.
‘’ Inmates at the Federal Prison, Ahoada, attempted breaking out unlawfully from custody on Oct. 28.
‘’Ahoada police area command swiftly mobilised to the scene and together with other security agencies cordoned off the entire perimeter of the prison,’’ he said.
Ugwuegbulam said the inmates retreated, while two others, who tried to escape through the ceiling, were shot and wounded.
He said the situation had been brought under control and that no inmates escaped.
Mr Alpheus Ottah, the spokesman for the Nigerian Prison Service, Rivers Command, told NAN that investigation into the incident had begun.
‘’ For now, we are still investigating the incident and we cannot give figures of casualties or whether any inmates escaped. We will give the situation report as soon as we conclude investigations,’’ he said.