Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has reassured the people of the state that the recent jail break in Nsukka will not undermine the efforts of his administration to provide adequate security of lives and property in the state.
Gov. Ugwuanyi spoke during a fact-finding visit to Nsukka Prison where some inmates had escaped early Wednesday morning.
The governor who was accompanied to the prison by the Transition Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area, Prof. Mrs. Rose Onah, and other top government functionaries, described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the frequency of jail breaks across the country in recent times is highly condemnable and calls for collaborative efforts among all stakeholders.
He added that it is regrettable that the incident occurred at a time his administration had taken adequate measures to enthrone peace and security in all parts of the state, assuring the people that the escaped inmates will be rearrested and brought to justice.
While calling for calm, the governor urged prison authorities in the state and beyond to intensify efforts and take preemptive measures to ensure that such incident does not reoccur in the country.
“Already, in concert with the security agencies in the state, we have mobilized necessary machinery towards the prompt recapture of the escaped inmates and the prevention of similar occurrences in the future”, Ugwuanyi assured.
Gov. Ugwuanyi who donated money for the “imediate” installation of security doors and windows, appealed to residents to assist the authorities with any useful information that may lead to the arrest of the escaped prisoners.
In his remark, the Controller of Prison, Enugu Command, CP Ifeanyi Amaliri, who was represented by the Deputy Controller of Enugu Prison, Felix Lawrence, thanked the governor for the prompt visit and reassured him that all the escaped inmates will be rearrested.