Four prisoners lost their lives in an attempted jailbreak at the Ikot-Ekpene Prison in Akwa Ibom state while seven of the prisoners were caught and 37 escaped.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the State Prison Command, ASP Ogbajie Ogbajie the attempted jailbreak occurred at about 11.47pm Wednesdaynight when some prisoners attacked the kitchen staff that were on duty.
He said the prisoners seized an axe from fellow inmate attached to the kitchen, inflicting a deep cut to inmates’ head in the process and immediately made for the rear entrance to the prison. They broke the door with the axe and engaged the staff that chased after them in battle.
Meanwhile, the Controller of Prisons Akwa Ibom State Command, Alex Oditah has ordered an investigation into the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident.
He appealed to members of the public to assist the authority with useful intelligence that will aid arrest of feeling prisoners assuring that security has been strengthened in all prison formations in the State to forestall breach of security