by Funso Ajewole
The Comptroller General of Nigeria Prisons Services, Zakari Ibrahim, has announced that 20 prisoners escaped from Sagamu prison on Wednesday.
The authorities in charge of the Ogun Command of the Nigeria Prisons Service had declined to comment on the incident when the news first broke, but during a visit to Sagamu Prison on Friday, Ibrahim said that it was an “unfortunate and embarrassing” incident.
“I am here because of the issue of escape and I came personally to see what has happened and to ensure that things are done right.
“My visit is also to ensure that any staff found culpable face the full wrath of the law; we have set up a committee that will give us full report of what happened.
“What I can tell for now is that we have 20 inmates who had escaped and we have re-arrested four of them.
“I have addressed the staff and I have told them that their commitment must be full and total, those who want to embarrass us should just leave.
“If investigation into the matter reveals that the incident was as a result of negligence of some of our staff, they will be dismissed and punished accordingly.
“Some of them (staff) will also be prosecuted and may even change uniforms,” Ibrahim said.
The fleeing inmates broke the prison’s fence and injured some prison officials during the jail-break.