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RIVERS: One dead, 12 injured in foiled Port Harcourt jailbreak

ONE inmate was reportedly killed, while 12 others were injured during a fight that snowballed into an attempted jailbreak at the Port Harcourt Nigeria Correctional Centre yesterday afternoon.   

NaijaTimes gathered that two inmates were engaged in a fight leading to the death of one, even as a protest ensued amongst other inmates.

The situation spiralled out of control as many inmates tried to scale the facility’s high walls but were repelled by a combined team of security operatives who shot outside the fence, with 12 of the inmates sustaining bullet wounds. 

Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Correctional Centre, Juliet Ofoni, who confirmed the incident, said it happened at the old Port Harcourt Township Correctional Centre, in Port Harcourt City Local Council of Rivers State.   

According to her, trouble started in the early hours of Monday, when one inmate died as a result of a clash with a rival inmate, adding that friends of the deceased inmate who were aggrieved, staged a protest and planned a reprisal attack when authorities stepped in, using teargas to quell the situation. 

Ofoni, however explained that some inmates had seized the opportunity of unrest to attempt jailbreak by scaling the prison fence, but were shot at from outside the correctional centre yard.

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