Prisons officials have foiled what is believed to be an attempt by some unknown persons to illegally enter the Jos Prison.
An official, who preferred anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos on Thursday that the suspect came in three Sports Utility Vehicles. The official said they claimed to have been directed “from above” to drill a bore hole in the prison. He said, “The people came in three jeeps.
When they approached the gate of the prison, they told our security guards that they were on special assignment to drill a borehole. “But when they were asked to open the car booths for routine checks before being allowed in, they refused.
“When the guards became adamant, the men produced a letter indicating that they were instructed to sink a borehole in the prison. “The guards were unconvinced and quickly alerted the police, whose post is just few metres away from he prison.
“Apparently sensing that the game was up with the police being alerted, the men zoomed off,” the source told NAN. A top source in the Jos prison service, who confirmed the incident, said it was the fourth time the Jos prison was being visited by such strange persons.
He said, “I was around when they came, but by the time I came to interview them further, I just saw the back of their vehicles as they were driving away at top speed. They tried to trick the guards, but did not succeed.”
He advised the authorities to “do something to further secure the prison from any attack in future.”
Contacted, the Controller, Jos Prisons Service, Dr. Samuel Agidi, confirmed that his officers had informed him of the incident that took place at the entrance to the prison.
“I was happy that they were so alert and vigilant; their performance was wonderful and commendable. We just give God the glory for saving us from the unknown,” he said.