A heavy downpour on Monday, removed the roof of Okere Prison, a Correctional Centre owned by the Nigerian Prisons in Warri, Delta State. The incident threw the residents of the host community into confusion, especially as a section of the prison fence was also destroyed.
A source told newsmen that the rain which started by 5pm, lasted for 15 minutes also affected another building meant for prison wardens.
The source said, “The rain accompanied by heavy winds destroyed the roof of the building causing the entire building to be flooded. Another building was also touched. The wall of the prisons was damaged. No inmate escaped from the facility.”
Police spokesman DSP Onome Onowakpoyeya also confirmed the incident yesterday.
“As soon as it happened, policemen from ‘A’ and ‘B’ Divisions and other divisions under the Warri Area Command including the Area Commander himself, were quickly deployed to the scene to beef of security at the facility,”Onowakpoyeya said.
“It was the roof and the fence that were damaged. I am not aware of inmate escaping during the incident. Tactical teams and Quick Response were also deployed.”