Inmates of Okaka Prison in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State detonated an improvised explosive device in an attempted jailbreak on Monday. While six inmates were arrested after the explosion, others may have escaped, according to prison sources.
Victor Chiabua, Controller of the Nigerian Prisons Service in the state, said that the incident occurred at about 9:02 p.m. on Sunday.
Mr. Chiabua said that an investigation revealed the six inmates who detonated an explosive device in their cell. He denied reports that some inmates escaped.
“An investigation into the dastardly act revealed that the mastermind of the attempted escape got an improvised explosive device (IED) through one of his visitors. The IED was concealed in a Blue Band Margarine Butter pack. They put the device inside cellophane and covered it with margarine to make it look as if it was butter.
“There was a very loud bang in the prison yard which attracted the attention of the security operatives on duty. The prompt response by the Police, Department of State Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and armed squad of the Prison Service actually aborted what could have been a jailbreak.
Source: Sahara Reporters.