Hell was let loose on Wednesday night when 36 notorious prisoners escaped in Akwa Ibom State Command Prison. Giving details of what happened, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ogbajie J. Ogbajie said in a statement: “At about 1147hrs on Wednesday, 27 December 2017, there was an attack on kitchen staff that were on duty at Ikot Ekpene Prison in Akwa Ibom State by some prisoners.
“They seized an axe from fellow inmate attached to the kitchen, inflicting a deep cut to inmates’ head in the process and immediately made for the rear entrance to the prison. They broke the door with the axe and engaged the staff that chased after them in battle.
“At the end of the scuffle, four of them that sustained gun shots lost their lives, while seven were recaptured. Thirty-six are still at large and search parties have been activated to affect their recapture.
“Meanwhile, the Controller of Prisons Akwa Ibom State Command, Alex Oditah has ordered an investigation into the circumstance surrounding the unfortunate incident.
“The CP (Commissioner of Police) wishes to appeal to members of the public to assist the authority with useful intelligence that will aid arrest of feeling prisoners assuring that security has been strengthen in all prison formations in the State to forestall breach of security.”