05 January 2011
Inmates of Jimeta Prison, Yola, Adamawa State, in the early hours of Tuesday, protested over alleged poor feeding and overcrowding of the correctional institution.
The early morning skirmish started when the inmates refused to go back into their cells after the normal morning routine headcount and checking up of the inmates.
The aggrieved inmates stoned, Mr Mohammed Gwani, the officer in charge of the prison. Gwani said but for the intervention of one of the inmates, he could have been linched by the aggrieved prisoners.
Nigerian Tribune investigations also revealed that the prisoners were complaining of bad food and lack of water in the prison.
While speaking to newsmen, the state controller of prison, Mr. Mohammed Dalandi Nata Allah, denied a jail break attempt, saying the prisoners only complained of the congestion in the prison and lack of water and badly prepared food.
He, however, said the complaint of lack of potable water was not true because the authorities of the prison had taken good care of the inmate’s water needs regularly.
On the issue of congestion, he said plans were being made to address the situation because four months ago, some inmates were released and the exercise would be a continuous one.
According to him, the chairman of the committee on decongestion of prison, who is also the state chief judge would be adequately briefed on the prisoners complaints.
The Jimeta prison has a capacity for about 250 inmates but it is presently being occupied by about 485 inmates.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), ASP Altine Daniel, confirmed the incident but described it as an internal affairs of the prison.