The ancient prison in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, came under siege Monday night as two prison officials reportedly suffered first degree burns when a fire outbreak razed some parts of the prison.
The inferno, Blueprint learnt, started at about 8:30pm and was put out by fire fighters around 11pm. While the prison was in flames, there were sporadic gunshots within and outside of the prison yard.
The Adamawa state Comptroller of the Nigeria Prison Services, Mr Andrew Barka, told newsmen that the records, welfare and chief warder’s offices were razed down by the inferno.
According to him, “Only two of our staff sustained injuries and I rushed them to the Federal Medical Centre for treatment. I cannot say what really caused the fire for now, but the fire affected only the administration block, particularly the office of the Chief Warder.”
Meanwhile, economic activities in Yola were grounded as people rushed home following the incident. There was heavy presence of security personnel as they cordoned off the area yesterday morning.
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