Two prisoners of the Ahoada Federal Prison in Rivers state Nigeria have been killed over the weekend while trying to escape in a jailbreak.
Other 11 inmates who also tried to escape sustained various degrees of injuries while two of the prison staff who tried to stop some fleeing inmates were beaten to coma by the inmates with machetes and other harmful instruments
Although 4 of the inmates managed to escape and security agents had already launched a man hunt for them. Eyewitnesses told our correspondent Precious Ahiakwo that on the fateful day, only three prison staff out of 18 were on duty, thereby making it easy for the inmates to escape.
Inmates’ record and money kept in the administrative office were carted away by the escaped inmates, and files containing their records and some other vital documents were also burnt.
So far, Government has beefed up security around the prison to restore peace and order in the area. Ahoada prison like other prisons in Nigeria is heavily overcrowded with 502 inmates in a space meant for 202 inmates..
Meanwhile the Rivers State Police Public relations Officer Ben Ugwuegbulam has confirmed the incident stating that the situation is under control.