There was pandemonium at Bauchi State capital on Friday as armed personnel of the Nigeria Correctional Service attached to the Bauchi Custodian Centre averted an attempted jail break.
According to source, five inmates and two personnel of the Correctional Service were injured from gun shots; they are presently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Bauchi metropolis.
Confirming the attempted jail break to journalists, the PRO of Bauchi Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Abubakar Algwallary, explained that the situation had been put under control as all the inmates had been put back into their respective cells.
According to him, “yes, there was a little problem in the Custodian Centre today (yesterday), we were just coming from there with the Command Controller, we have gone to see the situation and I can tell you that everything has been brought back to normal.”
On the cause of the chaos, the PRO said that, “it was discovered that one of the staff was smuggling prohibited substances into the centre for the inmates, he was caught and tried by the authorities. Some of the inmates who were getting the items felt bad and decided to protest the action of the NCS.”
He added that, “also, we have some inmates from the Southern part of the country who were aware of the happenings in Owerri so, they teamed up with those protesting the stop of the supply and attempted to do a jail break”