Security agents made up of soldiers, armed prison personnel, Police and operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Sunday night foiled what would have been a prison break in Bayelsa state.
Six inmates standing trial for armed robbery and kidnapping since 2015 and 2016 were said to have contacted some people outside and smuggled two improvised explosive device (IED) inside the prison for the operation.
One of the inmates Victor Tekekuma was said to have used his brother-in-law to conceal the IEDs in a Blue Band Margarine pack.Tekekuma who had succeeded in blasting the cell wall had burns over his body when he was arrested alongside the other five inmates by security agents that responded swiftly and moved to the scene when they heard the blast.
The inmates were kept in a separate cell and interrogated in which they all confessed to the attempted jail break and disclosed how the plot was hatched and the identity of the visitor that brought in the IEDs.
The Controller of Nigeria Prisons Okaka, Yenagoa, Mr Chiabua Chuks Victor Uche who confirmed the attempted jail break said the situation is under control as security agents working with Prison guards are on top of the situation.
“On Sunday at about 9.02. There was a loud bang at the prison yard. The response was immediate as Prison armed squad and other officers on night duty moved to the scene. The about-to-be-freed inmates were accosted and kept in a separate cell.
Investigations into the attempted jail break, reveal that the mastermind of the act got the IED from a visitor. IED was carefully concealed in Blue Band Margarine 100 mg plastic pack. The original content was scooped out and replaced with the IED before the content was put back with the foil replaced making it look real. However one unused IED meant for the outer wall was recovered. It is pertinent to note that the prompt response of the Commissioner of Police, the Director of the DSS and the Commandant of the NSCDC when alerted prevented what would have been a jail break”