Monday, December 1, 2014

Gunmen attack Ekiti prison, APC says PDP may be responsible

At least one prison official was feared killed, with over 20 security dogs dead, on Sunday night when some gunmen stormed the Federal Prison in Ado Ekiti.

According sources, the gunmen numbering about 60 stormed the prison in Hilux trucks with dangerous weapons, such as cudgels, cutlasses, AK 47 rifles and charms.

It was learnt that as soon as the gunmen arrived the Prison, they first detonated a bomb after which they engaged in sporadic shootings that lasted more than 30 minutes.

There were insinuations that the attack was staged to set free a murder suspect, Mr. Adeniyi Adedipe, who is facing criminal charges over the murder of a former state chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Chief Omolafe Aderiye.

Adedipe is a former coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress in the state.

A source said the attackers were chanting 'Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar' during the attack on the prison where some inmates were set free.

Another source said, a top official of the State Prisons Command, who was rushing to the scene to see what was happening was shot dead.

The Comptroller of Prison, Mr. Kehinde Fadipe, who confirmed the attack to journalists on Monday denied that any life was lost during the attack.

He said he was not aware of the shooting of any of the officials of the State command.

He said "We are moving around to assess the situation. It was not a jail break but an attack on the prison. The main entrance of the prison was broken.

"What happened is that we were attacked from outside not from within. They came massively with different weapons, they attacked our men on duty, and we have been here since 10.30 yesterday (Sunday)."

The Comptroller said his men were already out to re-arrest inmates that escaped during the attack although he did not give figures.

He, however, dispelled the insinuation that the Boko-Haram insurgents was responsible for the attack.

He wondered how the group could have attacked the Prisons when non of its members was in the prison custody.

Fadipe also faulted the thinking that members of the OPC may have been responsible for the attack. He confirmed that Adedipe, a.k.a 'Apase' was still in their custody.

As of the time of filing this report, fully armed security men have intensified surveillance around the Prison and all adjourning roads.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress has called on the police in the state to build a strong security around the prison saying the Peoples Democratic Party might be planning to attack the facility with a view to killing the suspect and other inmates.

The Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Taiwo Olatubosun, who spoke on the telephone with journalists denied any link with the attack describing it as another plot by the PDP to tarnish the image of the APC in Ekiti state.

He said "What shall we gain for doing that, we cannot do such things, it is not in our character to do such things.

"Very soon the PDP and the governor will have to accuse God for running a clueless government and for their shortcoming."

Source: Punch

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