Fire Outbreak at Warri Prison as Inmates Attempt to Escape

It was learnt that some hoodlums reportedly attacked the Okere prison in Warri early Thursday. It was not clear if inmates escaped from the prison as fire engulfed part of the administrative block within the prison,.

There are reports that soldiers have taken strategic positions around the prison to prevent any further attempt to break into the prison.

Sounds of gunshots were heard around the area. The residents said soldiers in three patrol vehicles stormed the place to beef up security..

The state Police Public relations officer DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya confirming the development to Vanguard, said the authorities of the correctional center would be in the best position to say if any inmate escaped.

“They set fire inside but the outer side of the prison is calm. Our Policemen have been there. We can’t confirm any escape . It is the prison that will tell us if anybody escaped. It is the prisoners that set the fire. This is the information we have for now. If we have anything on escape of inmates I will tell you “, she said .

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