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Jail break: Warden under arrest on sick bed

Posted by By Austin Ogwuda on 2005/06/23 | Views: 387 |

Jail break: Warden under arrest on sick bed


AS Probe panel set up by the Comptroller-General of Prisons entered its second day of sitting, yesterday, the Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr. Udom Ekpoudom has ordered that the Assistant Comptroller of Prisons (ACP), Mr. Omishakin Ganiyu in charge of Ogwashi-Uku prisons be placed under arrest ..

Asaba — AS Probe panel set up by the Comptroller-General of Prisons entered its second day of sitting, yesterday, the Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr. Udom Ekpoudom has ordered that the Assistant Comptroller of Prisons (ACP), Mr. Omishakin Ganiyu in charge of Ogwashi-Uku prisons be placed under arrest on his hospital bed, saying that the ACP will be interrogated for alleged complicity.

Already, heavily-armed policemen are guarding him at an Ogwashi-Uku hospital where he is presently receiving treatment as a result of the bullet wound he sustained during last Friday’s jailbreak at the prison.

Chairman of the Probe Panel, the Zonal Assistant Comptroller-General, Zone G, Benin Zone, Mr. Oliver Nnobi who disclosed this while taking evidence at the State police headquarters in Asaba, yesterday, in continuation of their investigation expressed displeasure at the police insistence that the ACP be placed under police detention even on hospital bed, saying that “police has not been fair to us (prisons).”

Yesterday’s sitting of the probe panel, which was held at the Conference Hall at the police headquarters, was characterized by allegations and counter-allegations between the police authorities and the prisons officials, as the two parties traded words as to whose action sparked off the riot.

In his evidence before the panel, one of the inmates who claimed to be a Public Relations Officer to Chevron /Texaco, Mr. Newton Agbofodoh, told the panel that the police Legal Officer, Mr. Mathew Omosun had during a recent visit to the Prisons by the Delta State Chief Judge, hinted him (Agbofodoh) that there was an alleged plot to eliminate him.

“He (Omosun) told me that if policemen came to pick me from the prison custody that I should not follow them but if prisons officials come to take him to court it is only then that I should follow them.”

But Omosun on his part, while testifying denied the allegation, claiming that during the said prisons visit, he came in the convoy of the CJ and that it was not true that he had any discussion with Agbofodoh as he claimed.
Those that testified were a Police Corporal, Mr. Ovie Elum and the officer in charge of Homicide, Mr. Mohammed Nuru

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