by ‘Jola Sotubo
Violence erupted yesterday at a prison in Numan, Adamawa State as inmates of the facility protested the death of a fellow inmate who was allegedly beaten to death by wardens.
According to reports, security has been beefed up at the prison which is now being guarded by armed soldiers who were deployed to the prison to prevent the protests from deteriorating any further.
A prison source reportedly disclosed that numerous inmates suffered injuries in the cause of their revolt. He added that prison officials were yet to determine if any inmates escaped in the course of the commotion.
Another source said that some wardens caught a prisoner who was attempting to escape from jail on Sunday. “He was trying to climb the fence and run away when they saw him,” said the source. He added: “They beat him mercilessly and he died.”
The injured prisoner was reportedly not seen by any doctor and received no medication prior to his death in the early hours of Monday. As news of his death spread within the prison, hundreds of furious inmates began to chant insulting and defiant songs at prison officials.
It was gathered that the protesting inmates then attacked a prison official who was rushed to hospital for treatment. The inmates’ action triggered the deployment of soldiers to the prison to prevent any escalation of violence.