The Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS, on Friday foiled an attempted jail-break by some inmates at the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prisons, Lagos.
The service spokesperson, Ope Fatinikun, who confirmed the incident said that the situation has been brought under control.
“All the inmates are intact and the prisons authority is currently working on resolving the issue that led to the riot,” he said.
Mr. Fatinikun said that the riot was sequel to delay by the prisons’ authorities to replace the ceiling fans in the inmates’ cells.
“Meanwhile further investigation into the riot is ongoing, to know what could have led to the riot,” he said.
Some of the inmates who attempted to escape were contained by the authority. Some correspondents who visited the area saw heavily armed combined security forces from the prisons service, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigeria Police in the area.
It was observed that movement was also restricted both in and outside the entire Kirikiri area, housing the Medium, the Minimum and the Maximum Prisons respectively. Fierce-looking military-men cordoned off all the entry and exit routes leading to the prisons.
Civilians and vehicles were not allowed to access the premises except those who have proof that they are resident in the prisons’ barrack. Vehicles were being subjected to thorough search. Some of the shop owners and passers-by within the area said they were forced to take alternative routes.
“Escapee inmates go through the bush behind the prison, I guess that is where the search team should concentrate their efforts,” a shop owner said on anonymity. Another witness who pleaded anonymity said that they were alarmed when they noticed high influx of security personnel in the area. “Today is a bad day because I know that for few days coming, there will be heavy security presence in this area, she said.