COVID-19 protest: Four inmates die in Kaduna Custodial Centre

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The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Kaduna State command, has said that four inmates had died during an attempted jailbreak at the Kaduna Custodial Centre on March 31.

It was reported earlier that the inmates were said to have protested over the “outbreak” of coronavirus.

Confirming the death of the inmates, the Controller, Kaduna command, Mr Sanusi Danmusa, told newsmen in Abuja on Saturday that the four inmates died in the hospital from the injuries sustained during the chaos that ensued, while being restrained by the custodial officers from breaking jail.

He said “The attention of the NCoS, Kaduna State command has been drawn to some malicious publications by a section of the media in respect of the attempted jail-break.

“This attempted jailbreak was carried out by a section of the condemned convict cell in the custodial centre.

“This press release is necessary to assure the public that the command and indeed the Service are not trying to hide any fact as purported by a section of the press, especially when life is involved.

“Four inmates later died in the hospital from the injuries sustained during the chaos that ensued, while being restrained by the custodial officers from breaking jail.

“For the avoidance of doubt, all the deceased inmates were from the condemned section of the Custodial Centre where the jail-break occurred.”

Danmusa further stated that a comprehensive investigation had commenced on the directive of the Controller General, NCoS, Mr Ja’afaru Ahmed.

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