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Prisons Service says Kuje prison break an inside job

27 June 2016, 21:24

Abuja - The Nigerian Prison Service has warned staff of repercussions if investigations establish they played a part in the escape of two suspects from a maximum security prison in Abuja.

The duo escaped from the Kuje Medium Security Prison on Saturday evening.

It was initially reported terror mastermind, Charles Okah, had escaped alongside the two but Prisons spokesperson, Francis Enobore, has dismissed the reports.

The two unnamed inmates in question were awaiting trial for culpable homicide.

Also read: NPS confirms jailbreak in Kuje Prisons

Enobore said following the escape, Controller General of Prisons, Ahmed Ja'afaru, apart from immediately dispatching a team to the Kuje Medium Security Prison to carry out preliminary investigation, was also personally on ground to have firsthand information about the incident.

“He directed the team to do a thorough job and expeditiously too in order to establish the circumstances surrounding the escape noting that any staff found culpable would be made to face the full wrath of the law,”said Enobore.

There was some reprieve after it was confirmed Okah had not escape lawful custody.

Okah is the mastermind of the 2010 Nigeria's Independence Day attacks that killed 12 people.

Following his arrest in South Africa, a court in Johannesburg in 2013 convicted Okah of 13 charges of terrorism, including those bombings in Abuja.

He was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment, some of which were served at a South African prison before his transfer to Kuje.

- CAJ News

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