Officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service will be armed with firearms against any form of attack or Prison break they might face from Inmates or from people trying to break out prisoners.
Thus was announced by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Edo made the approval at the end FEC meeting held inside the council chamber, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The Minister said the arms and ammunition will be purchased at the cost of N272 million, which will prevent further jailbreaks in the country.
“If you recall, not too long ago, our prison in Minna was attacked from the outside and some of the dangerous prisoners were freed.
“The prison has an armed squad. We realised after an investigation of that attack that one of the major shortcomings within that prison was lack of adequate arms and ammunition.”
One prison official and a motorcyclist were killed in June 2018 during the process of a jailbreak at the Medium Security Prisons in Minna, the Niger State capital.