Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Nigeria: security at Kirikiri Prison beefed up

Earlier this month, Major Hamza al-Mustapha, the late Sani Abacha's chief secruity officer, was "abducted" from Kirikiri Prison by the state intelligence/security forces. Later came word that he might be connected to the coup rumours that have been swirling about. And today, this tidbit ... that Kirikiri Prison, which houses a number of high profile prisoners, has had its security beefed up.
A source in the prisons revealed that the new boss also introduced new security arrangements which do not encourage warders to interact closely with detainees at the prisons as witnessed in the past.

The source disclosed further that apart from the new security arrangements, more security personnel, comprising State Security Service personnel and mobile policemen, had been drafted to the prison and its environs to beef up security there.

PMNews learnt that investigation was still going on to determine whether other detainees were involved in the security breach, which government has already admitted.