Police arrest prison officers for plotting inmates’ escape

Some warders of the Nigerian Prisons Service, attached to the Ibara Prison in Abeokuta, Ogun State, are currently being interrogated for allegedly plotting with some convicted inmates to perpetrate different crimes, including defrauding members of the public and escaping from the correctional facility.

It was gathered that some condemned robbery inmates had, in connivance with the warders, allegedly contributed about N15m for the planned jailbreak.

It was learnt that the plot was on when the police uncovered it.

Sources told PUNCH Metro that two senior prison officers had been arrested in connection with the incident.

The officers, were said to be undergoing interrogation.

It was further learnt that about N600,000 and some documents had been recovered from the suspects by the police.

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A source said the suspects were taken away by officers of the Zonal Intervention Squad, Obada Oko, Abeokuta.

He said, “The whole thing started after the police got a series of complaints of fraud from some members of the public. The calls were traced to the prison. In the course of investigation, some prohibited items were discovered in the cells, including phones.

“The police went further in their investigation and discovered that there was actually a syndicate in the prison and some warders were involved. This was what led to the discovery of the planned jailbreak by the condemned inmates.”

Another source identified some of the inmates allegedly involved in the plot as Olatunji Adeleke and Oladele Ilesanmi.

The source said, “The police discovered that the officers connived with the inmates to plan the jailbreak by securing phones and laptops for them. “They also discovered that about N15m was earmarked for the jailbreak and they started planning it in October 2018.

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