The Akwa Ibom Controller of Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Alex Oditah, on Thursday, December 28, 2017 announced the re-arrest of 14 out of the 47 inmates who escaped from the Ikot Ekpene Prisons.
The inmates escaped from the prison on December 27, 2017.
Oditah also told the News Agency of Nigeria in Uyo that three-man committee had been inaugurated to ascertain the immediate and remote cause of the incident to forestall future occurrence.
“Some inmates escaped from Ikot Ekpene prison on December 27, 2017, at about 12.45 p.m.; to ascertain the total number of those that escaped we have to do a headcount.
“We discovered that 47 inmates had escaped from the custody. Immediately search party swung into action and 14 were recaptured,” Oditah said.
The controller added that four of those who escaped died from bullet wounds when they tried to overpower prisons officers on duty.
Oditah added that some of the prisons officials, who sustained different degrees of injuries, were receiving treatment an undisclosed hospital.
He explained that the escaped inmates seized utensils like knives, machetes and other dangerous materials to aid their escape.
The controller of prisons disclosed that the 400 capacity Ikot Epene prisons, currently houses 831 inmates.
“The capacity for Ikot Ekpene Prisons is 400 but as of December 27, 2017, the prison custody 831 inmates, most of the inmates are awaiting trials.
“The Prison facilities are overstretched and require urgent attention, ” he said.
He assured that prison officials other security agencies were working extra hard to recapture the remaining inmates.
Oditah appealed to members of the public to assist the authority with useful information that would aid the arrest of the escaped prisoners.
He noted that security had been tightened in and all prison formations in the State to forestall breach of security.
The controller appealed for logistics assistance from the Akwa Ibom state government to ease its operational duties.