It was earlier reported that, A brother of Henry Okah, jailed leader of the Movement For The Emancipation of Niger Delta, Charles Okah, had escaped from Kuje Prison in Abuja.
A prison inmate had told a source that Mr. Okah, who had been on trial in Abuja for the 2010 Independence Day bombing that killed 27 people, escaped last night by simply scaling the prison walls around 7:30 PM, reportedly in the company on another prison inmate.
In another recent report, the Nigerian Prisons Service had told PREMIUM TIMES, that the suspected mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombings,did not escape from Kuje Prison in Abuja,
In the words of the spokesperson for the Nigerian Prisons Service, Francis Enobore, “It is not true (that he escaped)”. “He is there in (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 comptroller.”
Mr. Enobore however admitted that there was an “incident” at the prison on Friday night.
“Yes there was an incident yesterday, but Henry Okah was not involved,” he said. “The Comptoller of prisons has ordered an investigation and that is going on. We want to know if anybody escaped and if yes, what are their identities.”
Mr. Enobore promised to provide updates once the preliminary investigation is ready.
Mr. Okah, brother to Henry Okah, leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, has in February, sued the Nigerian government for allegedly violating the rights of inmates at the Kuje Maximum Security Prison.