Controller General of the Nigerian Prison Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed, on Tuesday vowed that fleeing alleged serial killer, Chibueze Henry Oyenkachi aka Vampire, would soon be rearrested.
Ahmed made the pledge during a visit to victims of the January 27, 2017 armed attack on prisoners and guards at Owerri High Court in Owerri, Imo State.
Around 10a.m that Friday, no fewer than 58 pre-trial detainees who were taken to Owerri High Court in two Black Maria Court Duty Vehicles were attacked by gunmen as the inmates disembarked from the vehicles on the premises.
The gunmen, who were said to have strategically positioned themselves on the premises opened fire and shot sporadically, hitting five inmates in the process.
Vampire, whom the attackers had come to the court to rescue, escaped along with seven other prisoners.
The escort wardens in collaboration with other sister security agencies were able to secure 49 out of the inmates and returned them to safe custody.
Officers of the Nigerian Prison Service are to get improved welfare and medical facilities to enhance their performance.
This pledge was given by the Controller General of Nigerian Prison Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed, at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Imo State on Tuesday while on a visit to victims of the recent gun attack by unidentified hoodlums on prison officers at the Owerri High Court.
This was contained in a statement by the NPS National Public Relations Officer, Francis Enobore.
During the attack last Friday, an alleged kidnap kingpin, Chibueze Henry Oyenkachi, aka Vampire, was prised from the custody of prison officers by the hoodlums and taken away. A number of other prisoners, who were at the court for the hearing of their cases, also escaped.
However, Ahmed praised sister security agencies for rushing to the aid of the prison officers during the attack and gave the assurance that the fleeing prisoners would be apprehended soon.
Ahmed, who had earlier visited other inmates being treated in Owerri Prisons Clinic for various degrees of bullet wounds, also hailed Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, for offering financial rewards for information on the fugitives.
He appealed to the public to provide useful information that would lead to Vampire’s arrest.
The prisons boss also had an audience with the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, at the Government House and the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Pascal Obinna Nnaji.
The Chief Judge promised to continue to support the course of speedy trial of inmates with a view to decongesting the prison and mitigating security concerns usually associated with managing suspects in custody.
Vampire was arrested in Owerri in July 2015 by the Nigeria Police for allegedly killing a pregnant woman, Mrs. Oluchukwu Ozor; her elder sister, Sandra Ijedinma; and five others at Igando, a suburb of Lagos.
The 28-year-old suspect and his alleged accomplices were arrested at a hotel as they allegedly prepared to kidnap some tribunal judges.
Owerri prison was built in 1905 with an intake capacity of 540 inmates but as at the time of the incident the prison had a population of 2,260 prisoners. Out of this number, no fewer than 2,044 are awaiting trial.