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The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Prison Services (NPS), Ahmed Ja’afaru, has visited the Imo State Prison Command for on-the-spot assessment of the escape of notorious kidnapper, Henry Chibueze (aka Vampire), who was freed by gunmen on Owerri High Court premises.
Deputy Governor Eze Madumere, who hosted the NPS chief, called for synergy among security operatives to forestall a repeat of the incident.
Madumere said Governor Rochas Okorocha’s passion for security of life and property was paramount.
He said the governor had built a cordial relationship with security agencies to ensure that residents and their property were free, secure and safe.
The deputy governor said the state planned to collaborate with security agencies to prevent a recurrence.
Madumere said it would be more rewarding for security agencies to work together in securing inmates, especially during their trials.
Ja’afaru said he was in the state to get first-hand report on what caused Vampire’s escape.
The comptroller-general described the incident as unfortunate, adding that NPS had taken steps to stop its repeat.
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Assuring the public of improved services, the NPS chief said the service bought 320 vehicles to carry inmates to courts to ensure quick dispensation of justice.
He said there was need for make-shift cells at the High Court to accommodate prison inmates, rather than keep them in the open.
The Chief Judge, Justice Paschal Nnadi said the bandits, who struck at the court, must have understudied the court premises to know the areas of weakness before they carried out their plan.
He called for tight security for prison inmates, visitors and judges.
Also, the delegation to the prison saw some inmates with gun wounds and asked them questions.
The inmates said the bandits dressed as security agents, wearing bullet-proof vests.
They said the gunmen escaped with Vampire in a red Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). (The Nation)