Prison Unrest

There were reports of riots in Kuje Prison, Abuja yesterday. The FCT Controller of Prisons, confirmed the incident stating that a ‘’disagreement’’ ensued at about 10.30 a.m., on Monday, when some inmates resisted the routine search in their cells, but the situation had been brought under control”.

The controller insists that there was no attempted jail break. High profile inmates such as Charles Okah have through their lawyers made claims that teargas and gunshots were fired at the inmates. This however, was not disclosed by the Prison officials.

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) also raised an alarm over Nnamdi Kanu’s life in Kuje Prison, claiming that the Federal Government was “trying to kill Kanu in prison by firing teargas and gunshots in his direction’

Analyst Comments: Kuje Prison experienced a successful prison break on 24th June 2016, after two inmates standing trial for murder were said to have escaped from the prison. The minister of interior insists that these recent jail breaks are as a result of laxity of the prison officials.

However, prison officials secretly admit that 95 per cent of riots, escapes and jailbreaks were perpetrated by the overwhelming number of inmates awaiting trial. In Kuje for instance, the prison capacity is 560, however, it houses 804 of which 576 are awaiting trial. Coupled with this are the dilapidated building structures, poor logistics and resources.

 

Armed Robbery Tactic in Lagos State

In Lagos state, armed robbers attacked a Lebanese man in Apapa on Wednesday, stealing an undisclosed sum of money from him. The armed men numbering about four, were said to have stormed the Adele Road in Apapa on motorcycles, trailing their victim who just left a commercial bank where he withdrew some money.

According to an eyewitness, they shot the victim on the leg and whisked away the money as well as his mobile phones. People were said to have scampered for safety at the sound of the gunshot, making it easy for the criminals to escape.

Analyst Comments: This was likely a targeted robbery as there are suspicions that the robbers had advance information on who to attack. The gunmen rode close to their victim and demanded that he release the money he just got from the bank to them.

These sort of targeted robberies are fairly common in Nigeria and past trends and tactics indicate the robbers sometimes receive information from accomplices working within the bank, or from the victim’s employees or co-workers. Such opportunistic robberies also occur when the victims operate on a predictable routine.

It is therefore recommended that physical money transactions are limited whenever possible. We also recommend varying bank visitation routines, and minimizing the circle of employees who have knowledge of the cash transactions or bank run routines of the company.