At least 15 inmates were believed to have escaped from Nsukka Prison in Enugu state in a jail-break that occurred on Tuesday night.
A reliable source at the prison who pleaded anonymity, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nsukka on Wednesday that the inmates broke their cells and scaled over the perimeter fence of the correctional facility, which was built in 1926.
“The inmates carefully opened their cells and scaled the perimeter fence of the prisons.
“Before prison officials on night duty knew what was happening, about 15 inmates had escaped”, the source said.
Controller of the prison, Mr. Lawrence Okonkwo, confirmed the jail break but declined to give the number of inmates that escaped.
“Yes there was a jail break last night in Nsukka prison but I am not in a position to say how many prisoners escaped.
“We are expecting the Enugu state Prisons Controller, Mr Isaiah Amariri, in Nsukka prison so that we brief him on what happened last night.
“He will be the one to tell the public the number of inmates that escaped, re-arrested ones and efforts put in place to arrest those still on the run”, the source added.
However unconfirmed reports say that two escapees had been re-arrested.
NAN gathered that officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service were seen in parts of Nsukka and its environs searching for fleeing inmates on Wednesday.
This is the third jail break witnessed in the country under a new Controller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, in less than three months following the Kuje and Koton Karfe incidents in Abuja and Kogi State respectively.