The Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS, has denied reports of an alleged attempted jailbreak by some convicted soldiers in Yola Prison in Adamawa.
The spokesperson of the NPS, Ope Fatinukun, made the denial in a statement issued to journalists on Saturday in Abuja.
“There was no pandemonium, commotion nor gun shot fired into the air in Yola prison as reported.
“What really happened was argument among inmates around 7.30 pm after prayers on Thursday, Nov. 27.
“The argument was quickly brought under control,” he added.
Mr. Fatinukun said the Controller, Adamawa Prison Command, A.S. Ekijere, was at the Yola prison on Friday for his fourth quarter visit to all prisons under his command between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
He appealed to journalists to use appropriate nomenclature in describing inmates for legal and security reasons.
“Inmates can either be addressed as convicted inmates (CM) or Awaiting Trial inmates (ATI) rather than the derogatory words of incarcerated soldiers or civilians,” he said.
He assured that the NPS would continue to work round the clock to beef up security around prisons across the country