Minna jailbreak: 149 inmates still on the run – Prisons chief

The Nigeria Prisons has given update on the number of inmates still missing after jailbreak at Minna Medium Security Prison at Tunga area of Minna metropolis on June 3.

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It was reported that the incident led to the death of a prison officer and a motorcyclist.

Spokesman of the Nigeria Prison Service, Francis Enobore, speaking to newsmen, said 149 inmates were still missing out of 210.

Enobore, however, said all efforts were being put in place to arrest the remaining 149 escapees.

He said “presently security have been beefed up within and outside prison facility even as the ongoing investigation into the matter is comprehensive and will soon be ready for appropriate action.

“We are walking round the clock to recapture the remaining inmates but as at today six more escapees have been recaptured. In total they are now 61 out of the initial 210.

“A lot of development is ongoing in the prison service which will enable us further solve the issue of jailbreaks among other things.

“The Federal Government has realized the important role the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), is doing in keeping offenders out of circulation so that social economic activities can be going on smoothly.

“Our budgetary allocations have increased. If you see the infrastructure going on now in different prison locations across the country they are modest type of prison.

“There is a proposal now to have a three thousand capacity prison. One in each of the six geo-political zones across the country. That of North-West have started and some of them have reached 50 percent completion.

“We are going to have court, school, outdoor and indoor training and vocational section among other facilities. It will be a standard prison.”



  1. Standard prison is important in Nigeria so any one that comes out of prison must not be a nuisance but must have a skill which he learnt in prison

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