Two prison officials and 5 prisoners were this morning killed in Abakaliki prisons, Ebonyi State, after inmates rioted for hours. In the course of the riot some tried to escape but police foiled their attempts.
Police have cordoned off all roads leading to the facility.
Gunshots could be heard intermittently as police battled to recover a firearm allegedly seized from one of the prison officials, a witness said.
It was not immediately clear why the inmates revolted.
A security source said inmates made attempts at escaping after the riot started, and had already broken through a wall when anti-riot policemen arrived and tear gassed them into submission.
The prison is located beside the police headquarters, a proximity that enabled a rapid police police response. Sources say the prison officials were killed by the inmates.
The military commander in the area, and state police commissioner have visited the area and were working to restore normalcy.
Police spokesperson, George Okafor, told PREMIUM TIMES the command was working hard to resolve the crisis.
He did not confirm if there were casualties.
“There was an attempted jailbreak and the prisons called in the police. We cordoned off the area and restored normalcy to the area,” he said. “We will brief you later on the issue once everything have been sorted out.”
A blog reader whose husband is an official describes an atmosphere of chaos. According to him, he was pinned down and given the beating of his life by the rioting inmates but he was thankfully not killed.
All in all she says 10 inmates were gunned down, five of whom died on the spot, while the remaining 5 are receiving treatment.
Chaos in Abakaliki prisons: 2 prison officials, 5 inmates gunned down in foiled jail break attempt Reviewed by Junaid Kehinde on 08:04:00 Rating: