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Jail-break averted in Kano as 15 inmates sustain injuries

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO — Riot broke out among the inmates of the over crowded Kano Central Prison, Monday, evening leaving no fewer than 15 inmates critically wounded.

Prison source told Vanguard that hell was let loose by the inmates who protested against what they said were “undue detention without trial” complicated by the ongoing judicial workers’ strike in the state.

The source explained that the prison designed to accommodate 680 inmates with 10 cells during the colonial days now has 1,254 inmates of which 950 are awaiting trial, while 800 are for capital offences.

According to the source, the awaiting trial had spent over eight years in the prison, adding that they engineered the riot to bring local and international attention to their plight.

Speaking further on the riot, the source said facilities at the central prison were vandalised, adding that the tone of the riot suggested attempted jail-break.

The Prison Public Relations Officer, Kano Command, ASP Yahaya Mohammed Fari, while confirming the incident explained that only five were injured during the incident.

Fari described the late Monday incident at the central prison as attempted jail-break, pointing out that those who sustained injury fell from the perimeter fence upon hearing the sound of  a warning gun shot.

He stated that the incident was fuelled by the strike action embarked by the Judicial workers in the state  following irreconcilable difference with Government, adding that effort by the Prison authorities to persuade them from taking law into their hands fell on deaf ears.

He declared that ‘no life was lost during the incident’ and  therefore appealed to Government to look into the strike action for the quick dispensation of justice.

‘I was in the prison during the incident, we gave them humane treatment, none was fired or targetted and as for those injured they fell from a high perimeter fence upon hearing a gun shot’, Mohammed Fari explained. Normalcy had since returned to the prison.


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