By Jeremiah Archibong
CrossRiverWatch can confirm that 5 inmates at the Afokang Prison were this morning shot dead and 12 others critically injured in an attempted jail break. A Warder who is guarding the prison armory was also shot in the hand.
A prison official who spoke to CrossRiverWatch said the inmates after their usual morning devotion attempted to use the Pastor’s exit to escape adding that the inmates accompanied the pastor to the gate, seized a gun from one of the guards and used that to gain access into the armory, looted some weapons and attempted to use them in their escape.
“The armoury guard was shot in the hand by the prisoners who used the exit of a pastor who came to preach between 11am-12noon today to escape. Having seized weapons from the armory, they later started shooting sporadically at the wall in an attempt to get access to the outer gate. We had to quickly trigger our alarm and some soldiers who are posted to the prison came in handy to help. I must say that the soldiers don’t work directly inside the prison, they only help in keeping watch outside the gate. When the alarm was triggered, they intervened and helped along with our armed guards in bringing down the armed escapees as there were coming out of the prison with the seized weapons.”
Our source said five of the prisoners have been confirmed dead and twelve are critically injured from bullet wounds sustained in the gun duel adding that more of the inmates will still like die from the injuries as some of them were grave.
More details later.
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