By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—SECURITY has been beefed up around the Awka Prisons following last week’s alleged attempt by some unidentified people to cause jailbreak in the area.
There was unusual presence of both uniformed and plain clothes security operatives in the area and visitors to the prison were thoroughly searched before being allowed into the prison during the weekend.
The jail break rumour was said to be connected with the presence of high profile detainees from Abagana community in the prison, who were currently facing trial over their alleged involvement in the destruction of police property during the clash between Abagana and Ukpo communities over a parcel of land on their border.
The detainees have been attending their trials in court from the Awka Prisons and there had always been so much tension in Awka whenever they were being taken to court.
The Anambra State Comptroller of Prisons, Mr. Ubaike Anthony admitted that there had been restiveness among the prison staff and workers following the rumour of the attempted jail break.
He said: “I have heard that some people were planning to cause jail break here and we have been having restiveness in Awka prison for the past two weeks, but we have been countering it. We have been on alert and are on top of the matter.”