Monday, July 11, 2011

Army, police, warders foil jailbreak in Warri

An attempted prison break in Warri, Delta State, was, last night, foiled by a combined team of heavily armed military, mobile policemen and prison warders.
While capitalising on a seven-hour downpour which started at noon, prisoners at Okere Prison were said to have used the opportunity to dig a hole behind the prison wall to facilitate their escape, but the quick intervention of some prison warders prevented the jailbreak.

Sunday Tribune gathered that three warders, however, paid dearly for their gallantry of preventing the prisoners from escaping as they were severely injured in the process.

It was gathered that the prisoners, majority of who were those awaiting trials, revolted and attempted the jail break at about 5.45 p.m. in protest against their long incarceration without trial by the authorities.

Heavy gunshots rented the air from the prison arm guard before the arrival of soldiers and mobile policemen who were drafted to the scene
On arrival, another round of gunshots was fired by the combined team of soldiers and mobile policeman, a development that prevented the prisoners from escaping.

A military armoured tank was also stationed by the side of the prison, while heavily-armed and fierce-looking security guards cordoned off all access roads along Okere road.

As of the time of filing this report at about 7.40 p.m., security agents still mounted vigil at the periphery of the prison, while top prison officials were making roll call of the prisoners to ensure that none of them eventually escaped.

None of the top officials of the prison was ready to commend on the attempted jailbreak, but a senior military officer involved in the operation confided in Sunday Tribune that there was, indeed, an attempted jail break by the prisoners at the Warri Prisons.

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