Mass prison break blamed on torrential rain
Publish date: 04 November 2019
Issue Number: 848
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Torrential rains in central Nigerian Kogi State enabled more than 100 inmates to escape from prison, a prisons spokesperson confirmed. Francis Enobore of the Nigerian Correctional Service said the 'perimeter fence' was destroyed by rain and the cells flooded, forcing inmates to flee for safety on Monday. A report on the News24 site notes that he said 25 of the escapees have been recaptured and 97 were still on the run. The rains have destroyed crops in the country's key agricultural belt, and forced tens of thousands of people to leave their homes, according to the National Emergency Management Agency.