The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has confirmed that there was a jailbreak in the Kuje maximum prisons on Friday night but said Charles Okah is still in custody and it was yet to find out if any inmate escaped or not.
Spokesperson of the prisons service, Mr. Francis Enobore reportedly told Daily Trust on the phone that there was an “incident” at the prison on Friday night, June 24, 2016.
Enobore, debunked the reports that a brother of Henry Okah, jailed leader of the Movement For The Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Charles Okah escaped during the jailbreak.
“Yes there was an incident yesterday, but Okah was not involved,” he said.
“It is not true, Charles Okah is still in custody. I have been in touch with our men in the prison facility and there is nothing like that [Okah escaping],” Enobore said.
“The comptroller of prisons has ordered an investigation and that is going on. We want to know if anybody escaped and if yes, what are their identities,” he added.
The prisons spokesperson promised an official statement once the preliminary investigation is concluded.
SIGNAL had reported news of a jailbreak on Friday night at the Kuje maximum prison. An inmate who spoke anonymously with our reporter said Charles Okah and another inmate were reported by prison officials to have escaped.
Although the Nigerian Prisons Service claim they are yet to ascertain if any prisoner escaped, fresh information available to SIGNAL indicate that Maxwell Ajukwu and Solomon Amodu both standing trial for the alleged kidnapping and murder of Mrs. Edith Chinedu Aliyu, proprietress of Chelson Group of Schools and Chief Executive Officer of Grant Micro Finance Bank, Gwagwalada, Abuja escaped from Kuje prisons Friday night.
Efforts to reach officials of the Nigerian Prisons Service for comments proved abortive at the time of this report.
More details to come.
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