The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has reacted to news circulating that the leader of the Movement for the emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) suspected to have masterminded the 2010 Independence Day bombings, Charles Okah, was involved in the jailbreak at Kuje prison in Abuja.
Reacting with a rebuttal to the allegation on Saturday morning, the spokesperson for the NPS, Francis Enobore, told Premium Times that Okah was not involved in the jailbreak on Friday night.
“It is not true (that he escaped),” Enobore said.
He added: “He is there (Kuje prison) hale and hearty. The comptroller of prisons in charge of the FCT was there less than 30 minutes ago and he saw him there. I spoke to the controller.”
The spokesperson also admitted that the Prison indeed encountered an ‘incident’ on Friday night.
“Yes there was an incident yesterday, but Henry Okah was not involved.”
He further noted that the Comptroller has issued a comprehensive investigation into the incident to ascertain if anybody escaped.
He said: “We want to know if anybody escaped and if yes, what are their identities.”