Minister Condemns Port-Harcourt Prison Break

Minister Condemns Port-Harcourt Prison Break

The Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has condemned the jail break on Saturday by prisoners at the Ahoda Prison, Port Harcourt, in Rivers state.

The Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, George Udoh made this known in a statement made available to the press yesterday.

There was a jail break in which properties and some vital documents were burnt by some prisoners at the prison on Saturday.

He noted that six prisoners who were critically injured while being prevented by the security officers in the process of escaping from the prison were taken to the hospital and are now back in the prison.

Moro added that only four prisoners escaped during the attack.

"The prisoners who went on rampage broke the office of the Chief Warden, carted away vital documents and also burnt some. Not only that they vandalised the prison's clinic and also pull down wall of the prison", the statement read in part.

The Minister said that government has beefed up security around the prison to restore peace and order in the area.

He added that measures have been put in place to recapture the four escaped prisoners.

"The Nigerian Prison Service is seriously on top of the situation as the agency is working hard to restore peace to the area.

"We want to appeal to the general public to cooperate with the present government in its bid to transform our prison service. The general public should also not hesitate to make available vital information to the security agencies to get rid of crime in our society."


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