Abba Moro suspends Niger Prisons boss over jail break

Abba Moro

The Nigerian government has suspended the head of Niger State Prisons days after unknown armed men freed 270 inmates from the facility in Minna, the state capital.

The Minister of interior, Abba Moro, on Tuesday approved the suspension of the Controller Niger State Prisons, Musa Maiyaki.

In a statement, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Prisons, Ope Fatinukun, said the suspension was approved on recommendations of the Comptroller General of Nigerian Prisons Service, Peter Ekpendu.

The Officer-in-Charge, Medium Security Prisons, Minna, Mohammed Bena, and all officers on duty the day the jailbreak happened were suspended.

Also, Mr. Ekpendu has ordered the immediate transfer of 55 officers and personnel of the zonal and the Niger State headquarters to the old Prison Minna.

He also ordered that security be strengthened at the two facilities.

Three gunmen dressed in long caftans had on Saturday stormed the Minna Medium Prison freeing 270 inmates.
The gunmen overpowered and disarmed the prison officials, broke into the records and armoury rooms and carted some weapons and bullet proof vests.

A prison official, who requested not to be named because he is not authorized to speak, said two notorious armed robbers were among the 270 inmates who escaped with the gunmen.

“We had 323 inmates in our various cells but we are left with only 53 in one of the cells,” he said. “Our gateman was injured; they broke into our armoury and carted away weapons and bullet proof vest.”

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