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Keffi Prisoners Attempt Jail Break Over Poor Welfare

Inmates in Keffi Prison in Nasarawa state have reportedly staged a jail break over poor feeding and deplorable infrastructure including unavailable health services.

Besides lack of access to proper medical services, the inmates also complained of poor hygienic conditions and acute lack of water in the prison.

ElombahNews was informed that they are only given a sachet water each as breakfast.

The inmates also lamented lack of adequate sewage disposal system, adding that prisoners are denied good night sleep due to overcrowding.

It was gathered that the inmates had earlier protested yesterday to signal displeasure.

Police and prison officials, however, intervened immediately and brought the situation under control.

The inmates lamented harrowing conditions, saying that the government has made provision for their feeding, hence the attempted jailbreak.

The state comptroller of prisons, Mr Emmanuel Okoro refuse to answer questions from Journalists on the allegations of poor feeding and lack facilities in his command prison.

After waiting for more than five hours without attention, the Journalists visited the Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III who confirmed the attempted jailbreak.

According to Dr. Yamusa, it took the intervention of police and inspector general of police special technical squad to assuage the tension generated by the incident.

In a related development, ElombahNews, on Wednesday, reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Nigeria Correctional Services Bill which repeals the Nigerian Prisons Service, changing the name to Nigeria Correctional Service.

Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, told journalists that the Nigeria Correctional Service is made up of two faculties: the Custodial and Non-Custodial Service.

According to him, the non-custodial is intended for reformation allowing for community services as punishment so not every offence would attract a prison sentence.

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