A prison riot which took place in Bauchi State has left two officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) and five prison inmates injured.
Confirming the incident to Channels Television, Abubakar Adamu, NCS’ spokesperson said reinforcement has been called on to put a stop to the jailbreaks in Bauchi State.
According to Adamu, the unrest was erupted by inmates who wanted to break free from custody. He also denied reports of sporadic gunshots being witnessed during the unrest.
“There was a riot, not sporadic gunshot traced by inmates. It was the inmates that instigated the riots, maybe wanting to break the prison and get out.
“It was as a result of what happened in Imo State where some gunmen broke the prison and got away with some inmates from there. We have some conspires from the south and they are serving their sentences here.
“Hearing what happened down south, they wanted to experience the same thing here in Bauchi. We thank God the issue has been quenched.”
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This comes after subsequent jailbreaks were reported from the state. In one attack, over 1800 inmates regained freedom of which only 6 of them returned voluntarily to the correctional facility. The Federal Government spoke about granting amnesty to the 6 inmates.