20 inmates escape in Sagamu

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By DAUD OLATUNJI, Abeokuta

No fewer than 20 inmates of the Sagamu Prison in Ogun State on Wednesday have escaped while several others were reported to have been shot in the melee.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that  during the attempted jailbreak which occurred around 3.00am, some of the inmates as well as prison officials were  seriously injured in the melee.

The Kaduna Central Prison in the early hours of Tuesday.

File photo: Kaduna Central Prison

Sources who pleaded anonymity  told our correspondent that  some of the prisoners might have been killed during the attempted jailbreak following the heavy gunfire booming from inside the prison while the violence lasted.

According to the source,  the aggrieved prisoners used all sorts of materials as  weapons to facilitate their escape before  the members of the Armed Squad of the Prison Service contained them.

Findings showed that the run-away prisoners were said to have dug a large hole on the wall at the back of the prison through which they escaped .

Saturday Vanguard  gathered that some of the prison officials were already being interrogated by the police over the attempted jailbreak at the facility located on Prisons Street, Isale-Oko, Sagamu.

The Controller General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Mr. Zakari Ohinoyi Ibrahim confirmed the attempted jailbreak at the facility during an inspection of the Sagamu Prison on Friday.

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