Inmates of Sapale prison in Nigeria reportedly set fire the prison on fire in protest of not being released.
According to reports, out of 25 inmates who are supposed to be released on amnesty by the government, only three were released.
This and the poor welfare in the correctional center triggered them to protest and in the process, setting fire into the facility.
An official of the correctional center said;
“None of the inmates escaped during the riot aside one building that was set ablaze by the inmate which about three offices were affected. The situation has been brought under control.
“The Delta State Comptroller of Correctional Centres has just arrived with the Police Area Commander in Sapele as well as the Divisional Police Officer. The Chairman of Sapele council is also here.
“What the inmates are saying is that they are not happy that only three of their colleagues were released when the state Chief Judge visited us some days back. They are demanding more people should be freed to decongest the place.”
The fire was contained by a combined team of firefighters from the State Fire Service and Seplat Fire Service.
Inmates of Sapele prison allegedly set the facility on fire. pic.twitter.com/JAPyOT1eYv
— Laila Ijeoma | Lailasnews.com (@LailaIjeoma) April 28, 2020