- Posted January 5, 2013 by
Unfortunate and embarrassing”: 20 Inmates Escape from Sagamu Prison
Comptroller General of Nigeria Prisons Services, Zakari Ibrahim, has said that 20 prisoners escaped from Sagamu prison on Wednesday. While speaking with newsmen at Sagamu Prison, Mr. Ibrahim described the incident as “unfortunate and embarrassing,” saying that “I am here because of the issue of escape and I came personally to see what has happened and to ensure that things are done right… My visit is also to ensure that any staff found culpable face the full wrath of the law; we have set up a committee that will give us full report of what happened… What I can tell for now is that we have 20 inmates who had escaped and we have re-arrested four of them,” he said. The prison boss said he addressed the staff and told them that their commitment must be full and total; and those who want to embarrass the staff should just leave. His words: “If investigation into the matter reveals that the incident was as a result of negligence of some of our staff, they will be dismissed and punished accordingly… Some of them (staff) will also be prosecuted and may even change uniforms,” he said. The fleeing inmates broke the prison’s fence and injured some prison officials in the process of escaping. Meanwhile, the authorities of Ogun Prison Command had declined to comment on the incident when the report filtered out.