Botched jailbreak: Umahi declares state of emergency on Abakaliki prisons
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has declared a state of emergency on Abakaliki Prisons.
|Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi (pictured middle) addressing the newsmen after visit to Abakaliki jail break|
The governor, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secreatary, Emma Anya said, “Early in the morning(Thursday), I was told of attempted jailbreak by inmates of Abakaliki Prisons. The Commissioner of Police (Peace Ibekwe-Abdallah) reported the incident to me and did promise that they (police) were re-inforcing. She told me she had contacted all the security chiefs in the state. They successfully prevented the inmates from escaping.
Umahi directed the state Director of Prisons, Adaobi Oputa, to compile such cases and send to him to enable him put head together with the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Aloy Nwankwo, to fast-track justice.
He decried the level of infrastructure decay in the Abakiliki Prisons, saying such was not good for the inmates. Noting that the structures were built in the 1960s, he promised to partner the prisons authorities to modernise the facility.
“Ebonyi State Government could suspend one or two things and would want to at least de-roof some of the buildings and re-roof them,” he promised.
The governor also said his administration would provide sporting facilities in the prisons in order to keep inmates engaged.
Umahi added, “Recreational and sporting facilities will be provided. I believe such things will engage those in the prisons and keep them away of thinking of how to escape. When they are engaged, they will not have time to think about crimes. What we have here cannot reform anyone. It will rather hadden them. We have to reform them and reintegrate the good ones into our society.”