- There was trouble at the Bauchi Correctional Centre on Friday, April 9
- About seven inmates and two officials were injured in a riot that ensued in the prison
- However, security operatives at the centre were able to arrest the situation
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Emerging reports indicate that there was a serious riot at the National Correctional Center in Bauchi on Friday, April 10, which left some inmates and officers injured.
The spokesman of the prison, Abubakar Adamu, revealed that the mayhem started after a warder trafficked items like handsets and drugs to inmates, Daily Nigeria reports.
“Unfortunately for the officer, intelligence caught him and in the process of investigation, the inmates got wind of the incident and broke into the store and catered away shovels, daggers and diggers.
“The inmates, who were chanting songs and slogans, broke some items inside the prison which forced the prison officials to start shooting in the air to scare them. In the melee, five inmates and two officials were injured."
However, the spokesman added that peace and order have returned to the centre as the situation, which was also reported by Vanguard, has been put under control.
Dennis Amachree, a former assistant director of the Department of State Services (DSS), said the warning came three times but nothing was done to prevent the attack.
Amachree who spoke on Thursday, April 8, on the attacks revealed that there was enough actionable intelligence to organise everything that will thwart the operation.
He insisted that Governor Hope Uzodinma was well aware that there were going to be attacks on the Owerri Correctional Centre and the police headquarters.
The former DSS chief claimed:
“So, three times, the Nigeria Police Force was informed by the DSS that this is going to happen because some suspects that are being geolocated around the area were found surveilling the prisons and the police headquarters but you know in our lackadaisical way, when the intelligence came, they threw it by the side and when something happens, everybody runs around."