Boko Haram Attempts Jailbreak In Yola Prison
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 04, (THEWILL) – Members of the radical Islamic group Boko Haram who are inmates of an over crowded federal Prison in Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State, this morning started a riot in a bid to escape from the facility.
Reports from Yola said trouble started early Tuesday morning after a routine roll call for inmates when suddenly, members of the radical group attacked prison warders refusing to return to their cells.
It took the intervention of anti-riot policemen who received distress signals from the prison warders before calm was restored at the facility.
The facility was initially designed to house 250 detainees but is at present over crowded with more than 450 inmates according to the state comptroller of prisons Mohammed Nata- Allaah, who confirmed the incident to journalists.
One of the personnel attacked during the riot, the officer in charge of the prison, Mr. Mohammed Gwami, said the protesting inmates threw stones and struck them with sticks and planks.
He added that two non-Boko Haram prisoners who tried to repel the rioters narrowly escaped being mobbed by the angry radicals. Both prisoners are being given temporary shelter at the Jimeta Police Station.
No deaths were recorded as a result of the incident.