Confusion, gunshots at Kuje Prison as riot breaks out

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Riot broke out in Kuje Prison on Monday morning just as officials arrived at the facility for their routine duties.

A top prison official, who cannot be named because he is not authorized to speak on the matter, told PREMIUM TIMES the crisis started at about 10.30am from one of the blocks and spread to other blocks within the facility.

He said a team of security operatives had been drafted to the facility to contain the uprising but could not tell whether any inmate had escaped.

Another source said inmates had been locked up while heavily armed security operatives fire teargas towards inmates’ cells.

“There is heavy shooting now,” our source said. “The whole place is in confusion. All the inmates have been locked in their cells but the security operatives are shooting teargas into the cells,” the source said.

“We don’t know what happened but it seems there is serious trouble here. There are so many armed security operatives all over the place.”

The spokesperson of the Nigerian Prison Service, Francis Enobore, confirmed the incident when contacted by PREMIUM TIMES.

“We have received report of a problem in Kuje Prision but give me a little time to get the facts on it as some of our men are already on ground to handle the situation,” he said.

“We are monitoring what is happening. I will revert to you as soon we get more detail from our men on the ground.”

There have been increasing cases of jailbreaks in recent times.

On July 30, not less than 13 inmates escaped from Koton Karfe prison in Kogi State.

Ten days later, no fewer than 15 inmates at the Federal Prisons in Nsukka, Enugu State, escaped in another jailbreak that reportedly took place late in the evening.

Also this August, no fewer than 14 inmates of the Abakaliki prison in Ebonyi State capital, were feared killed during a jailbreak bid under the cover of a prison riot.

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  • vagabonds in power

    Whereas the threat to the security of Nigerians came from forces external to government in the Jonathan regime, with the Buhari regime, government itself was the source of the greatest threat to the security of Nigerians. Under Buhari’s regime anyone could be detained at his whim using draconian decrees, the list of those incarcerated under Buhari is lengthy, Sam Mbakwe, Fela Kuti, Femi Aribisala, Bisi Onabanjo, Bola Ige, Audu Ogbeh, and so many others. Individual security was so bad under Buhari that when Pa Adekunle Ajasin was acquitted twice by courts that found him not guilty of Buhari’s accusation of corruption, the Buhari regime re-arrested and detained him under Decree no. 2. While Buhari detained Tai Solarin and denied him medication even while Tai Solarin was having persistent asthmatic attacks. Even worse, Buhari ordered the judicial murder of Bernard Ogedengbe , who was sentenced to death under Decree 20 for a crime he committed before Decree 20 was enacted whereas it carried a lighter sentence when he committed the crime. Buhari refused to accept any pleas to spare Ogedengbe’s life, hence under Buhari the state denied the individual his life at the whim of ‘President’ Buhari. To summarize the state of security under Buhari’s regime, Professor Wole Soyinka expressed shock that any Nigerian will ever contemplate voting for Buhari as a president thus, “Buhari enslaved the nation. He gloated and gloried in a master-slave relation to the millions of its inhabitants. It is astonishing to find that the same former slaves, now free of their chains, should clamour to be ruled by one who not only turned their nation into a slave plantation, but forbade them any discussion of their condition”.

    • veritas

      Nice comment. so much fact. but get ready for attacks from the blind and tribalists.

    • kundri kundi

      You know well who are responsible. You want the criminal Nnamdi and his
      likes to escape. No way! More are on their way to the prison eg GEJ,
      Diazeini, Ehijerica, Asari, Tompolo etc.

  • vagabonds in power

    These ongoing Prison riots all over Nigeria, is clearly another way for Bingo Buhari to murder Militants and the innocent Ijaw Youths and elites often arrested on trumped-up charges by the Apes in APC——-now operating with the vagabonds in EFCC——-The innocent youths most of whom are students were arrested in the creeks of the niger delta with the aid of the Itsekiri spy network headed by Prof Sagay–and-is now being expanded to the nooks and crannies of the Prisons all over Nigeria–In Enugu–more than 15 inmates were murdered by Dambazua and the Buhari Gestapo————————Aware it was in the same south east that Bingo Buhari and Abacha arranged the murder of CERTAIN INNOCENT NIGERIANS——FREEDOM IS OUR GOAL–REGARDLESS-NOT THE RULE OF THE FULANIS ATI YORUBAS AND THEIR IBO ERRAND BOYS IN APC

    • veritas

      LOL you always have a lot of points. do you work for MOSSAD? because your points are how we do blackops. But trust you will get attacked for your comments by others on this site.

    • kundri kundi

      You know well who are responsible. You want the criminal Nnamdi and his
      likes to escape. No way! More are on their way to the prison eg GEJ,
      Diazeini, Ehijerica, Asari, Tompolo etc etc.

  • Washington

    iF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO Nnamdi Kanu in kuje the whole Nigerian will burn.It is only in Buhari regime that we are hearing jail break as breaking news every week but we are watching closely.Let nothing happen to Nnamdi Kanu

    • kundri kundi

      You know well who are responsible. You want the criminal Nnamdi and his likes to escape. No way! More are on their way to the prison eg GEJ, Diazeini, Ehijerica, Asari, Tompolo etc.

    • Uche Mefor

      Is Nnamdi Kanu the only hardened criminal or prisoner in Kuje Prison?

    • Kallah Bature

      Who is Nmandi Kanu please? Someone should remind me of who he is.Is he a footballer or what?

  • B. Messi

    O LORD! WHAT KIND OF SPIRIT OF CONFUSION HAS ENGULFED NAIJA SINCE THE COMING OF THESE PEOPLE??
    Could it be true the real meaning of APC is ALL-PEOPLES-CONFUSION??
    LORD HAVE MERCY!

  • vagabonds in power

    Whereas the threat to the security of Nigerians came from forces external to government in the Jonathan regime, with the Buhari regime, government itself was the source of the greatest threat to the security of Nigerians. Under Buhari’s regime anyone could be detained at his whim using draconian decrees, the list of those incarcerated under Buhari is lengthy, Sam Mbakwe, Fela Kuti, Femi Aribisala, Bisi Onabanjo, Bola Ige, Audu Ogbeh, and so many others. Individual security was so bad under Buhari that when Pa Adekunle Ajasin was acquitted twice by courts that found him not guilty of Buhari’s accusation of corruption, the Buhari regime re-arrested and detained him under Decree no. 2. While Buhari detained Tai Solarin and denied him medication even while Tai Solarin was having persistent asthmatic attacks. Even worse, Buhari ordered the judicial murder of Bernard Ogedengbe , who was sentenced to death under Decree 20 for a crime he committed before Decree 20 was enacted whereas it carried a lighter sentence when he committed the crime. Buhari refused to accept any pleas to spare Ogedengbe’s life, hence under Buhari the state denied the individual his life at the whim of ‘President’ Buhari. To summarize the state of security under Buhari’s regime, Professor Wole Soyinka expressed shock that any Nigerian will ever contemplate voting for Buhari as a president thus, “Buhari enslaved the nation. He gloated and gloried in a master-slave relation to the millions of its inhabitants. It is astonishing to find that the same former slaves, now free of their chains, should clamour to be ruled by one who not only turned their nation into a slave plantation, but forbade them any discussion of their condition”.

    • kundri kundi

      You really matched your name, vagabond.

      • vagabonds in power

        To summarize the state of security under Buhari’s regime, Professor Wole Soyinka expressed shock that any Nigerian will ever contemplate voting for Buhari as a president thus, “Buhari enslaved the nation. He gloated and gloried in a master-slave relation to the millions of its inhabitants. It is astonishing to find that the same former slaves, now free of their chains, should clamour to be ruled by one who not only turned their nation into a slave plantation, but forbade them any discussion of their condition”.

      • George

        Vagabond Buhari

  • Stanley

    I guess there is so much hunger in the prisons. Imagine the hunger on the streets of Nigeria free people go to sleep on empty stomach every day, how will the prison be? There is need for the NGOs, churches and Mosques to take over the care of prisoners from the government. At least the feeding.

  • favourtalk

    It has been dealt with and people have been calm down about the issues