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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  • Alex

    Nigeria is a failed nation! Abba Moro has the gut to suspend a public official after scamming and killing innocent youths over his job scam, yet he remained in office. In a civilized society, that will be the end of him and the end of this government. But out youths are not helping issues either, instead of them to shut down the government totally ands drive these crooks away, they have returned to football viewing centers watching premier league games every other week. I guess that is more important to them as that is the no 1 time waster of Nigerian youths, weekend soccer! May God help us

    • Teddy

      May God bless you, you’ve just spoken my mind. Nothing can be more instructive than this.

  • shineyoureyesnaija

    IT IS MR ABBA MORO THAT SHOULD BE DISMISSED IF WE HAD A SERIOUS PRESIDENT OR A WORKING GOVERNMENT. FIRST UNDER ABBA MORO WE HAD THE FIRST IMMIGRATION EMPLOYMENT SHARING SCAM DURING WHICH THE HEAD OF IMMIGRATION WAS DISGRACED OUT. EVEN THOUGH MR MORO WAS FINGERED AS THE [PRINCIPAL CULPRIT. THEN THE IMMIGRATION EMPLOYMENT SCAM IN WHICH ABOUT 20 NIGERIAN LOST THIER LIVES. AGAIN MR MORO WAS FINGERED AS THE CHIEF CULPRIT. THEN WE HAD THE TWIN JAIL BREAK IN KOTON KARIFI PRISON; THE ADO EKITI JAIL BREAK AND NOW THE MINNA JAIL BREAK. ALL UNDER ONE HOPELESS AND GREEDY MINISTER. IN MORE DECENT SOCIETIES MR ABBA WOULD HAVE LONG BEEN SACKED IF HE FAILS TO RESIGN. BUT NOT HERE. DAVID MARK WHO IS SAID TO BE BACKING MR MORO SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF AND SHOULD REMEMBER THAT HE WOULD ONE DAY BE JUDGED BY GOD. FOR OUR PRESIDENT MY PRAYER FOR HIM IS THAT GOD WOULD GIVE HIM THE WISDOM AND COURAGE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT. IN KENYA ONLY LAST WEEK WE SAW HOW THE PRESIDENT SACK TOP OFFICIALS UNDER WHOSE VIEW CERTAIN UNFORTUNATE INCIDENTS TOOK PLACE. WE ARE WAITING. IF THIS PRESIDENT REFUSE TO DO THE RIGHT THING HELP WILL COME TO NIGERIA IN A WAY THAT MIGHT NOT BE PLEASANT TO THESE PEOPLE

  • Johnson Omale

    When the head is rotten the whole body is affected. Buhari, I can’t wait for you to takeover. God bless my country!

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    The same Abba Morro that failed to fall on his own sword after the “Immigration Jobs” scam?

    Oju ni maalu n’ro, obe o da l’orun! (We are great advocates for our own failures and merciless judges of other people’s faults).

  • tundemash

    So why did Dumbo not suspend Moro when he killed the NIS job applicants ?????????????????????????