Thursday, January 28

Jail Break: DSS Recaptures Another Fleeing Inmate

The Department of State Services (DSS) has re-arrested another inmate that fled from the Ikot Ekpene Prison in Akwa-Ibom State, few weeks ago.

He was handed over to the prison authority on December 31.

The prisoners had on December 27 last year attacked the prison’s kitchen staff that and seized an axe from fellow inmate attached to the kitchen and inflicted a deep cut on the inmates’ head before escaping from the facility.

Four inmates died in the ensuing scuffle while 36 others said escaped from the prison.

However, 15 of them have now been recaptured.

The Controller of Prisons, Akwa-Ibom State Command, Alex Oditah, who told our correspondent through a telephone conversation, said men of the DSS and other security agencies are still combing the state to fish out the other inmates that escaped from the facility.

Oditah was optimistic that the search parties that had been activated to effect the recapture of the remaining inmates are not resting on their oars.

He also said the investigating team set up by the prison authority to probe the incident has concluded its assignment and submitted the report to the Controller General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Ja’faru Ahmed.

He said: “The DSS has recaptured another inmate that fled from the Ikot Ekpene Prison and he has been handed over to us. The people who came for the investigation has concluded their assignment and are on their way back to Abuja. They have submitted the report to the controller general and he will study it and make public the panel report.”

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