A prison break occurred on Tuesday April 29, at the Nigerian Correctional Service custodial centre, Sapele, Delta State. The jailbreak happened a few days after the same facility was set ablaze by some inmates who were protesting against an alleged ill-treatment.
The inmates of the prison had earlier protested against the amnesty which was administered to some inmates of the jail by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. The amnesty was described as a selective and bias exoneration, that was plotted and contrived by some politicians. The revolting prisoners claimed they all deserved equal treatment as convicts.
However, 2 of the inmates escaped successfully from the facility during the jailbreak, while 6 others sustained gunshot injuries and were been rushed to the Sapele Central Hospital for immediate treatment. AsorockOnline reported that the unknown crook escaped through the wall of the women wing of the Sapele prison.
The NCO’s Public Relations Officer of the state, Onome Onowakpoyeya confirmed the occurrence, he said; “It is true that two inmates escaped in the early hours of Tuesday while six others were injured, they were shot while attempting to escape and they have been hospitalized.”
A security personnel who pleaded anonymity also affirmed the incident to AsorockOnline correspondence that; “The prisoners were completely misled, they insisted that the COVID19 amnesty granted was for all of them. “How can the amnesty be for all of them, when we have rapists, assassins, robbers, cultists and other high-level fugitives among them? There are conditions for the amnesty and they should realize that.”