Doctors have commenced the treatment of 16 inmates who sustained gunshot wounds during last Thursday’s botched jailbreak at Abakaliki Prisons in Ebonyi State.
Prison authorities confirmed that six inmates died during the botched jailbreak.
Dr. Emeka Ogar, the Chief Medical Director, Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, told newsmen on Sunday that surgeries were underway to extract bullets lodged in the bodies of the rampaging inmates.
Ogar said: “We are conducting surgeries on them as recommended by doctors and we are optimistic that they would soon regain fitness.”
Ogar said all the affected inmates were at the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit.
The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Jafaru Ahmed, and Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State had on Friday visited the inmates at the hospital.
There was tight security at the hospital wards where the wounded jailbreak inmates were receiving treatments.
The Ebonyi State Controller of the Prisons, Emilia Oputa, had blamed the attempted jailbreak on the “notorious ring leaders” inside the prisons who incited other inmates against the prison officials.
“Most of the ring leaders were awaiting trial and decided to forcefully regain freedom which led to the unrest,” Oputa said.