Kirikiri prison riot: Security men shoot inmates

A major jail break was averted yesterday in Lagos when
inmates of Kirikiri Medium prison allegedly embarked on a
wild protest against the outgoing Deputy Controller of the
prison after he assembled all of them to formally introduce
his successor.

During the protest that lasted for hours, scores of the
inmates were seriously wounded while the office of the
Chief Warder was looted and razed down. Unconfirmed
report, however, said five inmates of the prison who
managed to escape through the fence were killed.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that trouble started early in the
morning after the Deputy Controller of the Medium Prison,
Kayode Adeyemi, who was to proceed on a course,
assembled all the inmates for a formal introduction of a new
Deputy Controller Mr. Okocha who would replace him.

Events, however, took a dangerous turn when the aggrieved
inmates started agitating against the way the out going
Deputy Controller managed their affairs.

They reportedly accused him of being high-handed. It was
learnt that during the process, the inmates started stoning
their top officials, leading to pandemonium in and around
the prison. Eyewitnesses said they also held some of the
officials hostage before embarking on the destruction of
some offices inside the prison including that of the chief
warder which was looted and razed down.

A detachment of heavily armed soldiers and other security
agents including trained dogs were said to have been
drafted to the scene to quell the riot after the inmates
reportedly overpowered prison officials and were
proceeding towards the main gate. Unconfirmed reports
said some of the inmates were able to escape through the
fence by Dillion street, Kirikiri town. They were accosted by
armed soldiers who were advancing towards the prison.

Some of them were reportedly shot but their condition could
not be ascertained as at press time.

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