Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Nigerians appeal to government to strengthen prison operations in the wake of incessant jailbreaks

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Nigerians are worried about the multiple jailbreaks in the country emphasizing that It has serious national security implications because it has the capacity to increase crime.

While speaking with Orange FM’s Flora Iweanya they stated that the jailbreaks should serve as a wake-up call to government to beef up security and reform the correctional services.

The recent jailbreak in Imo state where more than 1,800 inmates escaped has again brought the issue of security at the correctional facilities to the fore.

Last year, during the EndSARS agitation, armed men took advantage of the protests and broke into three Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) facilities in Edo and Ondo states while a similar attempt was foiled in Lagos State.

So far 2,051 inmates escaped after the jailbreaks in Edo and Ondo states while some vehicles were burnt and the facilities destroyed.

The question is, how long will this continue unabated?

A public affairs analyst Dele Kuboye said Nigerians should not be subjected to any nightmarish experience in the hands of convicts who escape from the prisons.

He called on government to take proactive steps.

Also a university don, Busuyi Mekusi said the recent prison breaks across the country should serve as a wakeup call to the executive arm of government, to commence total reformation of the prisons in Nigeria stating that the change of name alone cannot bring about the desired change.

In his reaction the Public Relations Officer of Ondo State Correctional Center, Tunde Ogundare stated that efforts are in top gear to strengthen security at the facilities across the state.

The Ondo state Police Public Relations Officer, Tee Leo Ikoro assured of effective policing around the correctional facilities in the state.

In Nigeria, prison break is a criminal offense that is punishable under the Law and punishments vary depending on the nature of the attack and casualties involved in the attack among other issues.