Akwa Ibom jailbreak: NPS re-arrests 14 out of 47 inmates



    Some places of work of the Nigerian Prisons Service. Twitter photograph.

    The Akwa Ibom Controller of Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) , Mr Alex Oditah, on Thursday, has introduced the re-arrest of 14 out of the 47 inmates who escaped from the Ikot Ekpene Prisons.

    The inmates escaped from the prion on Dec. 7.

    Oditah additionally informed the News Agency of Nigeria in Uyo that three-man committee had been inaugurated to determine the fast and distant reason for the incident to forestall future incidence.

    “Some inmates escaped from Ikot Ekpene jail on Dec.7, at about 12.45 p.m.; to determine the entire variety of people who escaped we now have to do headcount.

    “We discovered that 47 inmates had escaped from the custody. Immediately search party swung into action and 14 were recaptured,” Oditah stated.

    The controller added that 4 of those that escaped died from bullet wounds once they tried to over energy prisons officers on obligation.

    Oditah added that a number of the prisons officers, who sustained completely different levels of accidents, have been receiving therapy a undisclosed hospital.

    He defined that the escaped inmates seized utensils like knives, machetes and different harmful supplies to assist their escaped.

    The controller of prisons disclosed that the 400 capability Ikot Epene prisons, presently homes 831 inmates.

    “The capability for Ikot Ekpene Prisons is 400 however as of Dec. 27, the jail custody 831 inmates many of the inmates are awaiting trials.

    “The Prison facilities are over stretched and requires urgent attention, ” he stated.

    He assured that jail officers different safety businesses have been working additional laborious to recapture the remaining inmates.


    Oditah appealed to members of the general public to help the authority with helpful intelligence that may assist the arrest of the fleeing prisoners.

    He famous that safety had been tightened in and all jail formations within the State to forestall breach of safety.

    The controller appealed for logistics help from the Akwa Ibom state authorities to ease its operational duties.