Inmates of Medium Custodial Centre in Kaduna engaged in a riot today March 31, over a rumoured suspected case of COVID-19 at the facility.
The prisoners demanded to be released from the congested centre following claims of an awaiting trial inmate infecting two other inmates with Coronavirus.
The Nation reported that the personnel of the centre had a tough time, including firing of shots to calm the fraying nerves of the inmates.
Controller of the Kaduna Command of the Correctional Centre, Sanusi Muazu Danmusa however debunked claims of an inmate of the facility being infected with Coronavirus. He described the uprising today as a “mere misunderstanding”.
“We only had a mere misunderstanding and we have resolved it. Our environment is now peaceful and calm.
“There is no suspected case of COVID 19 in Kaduna Convict Prison, whoever is carrying such is carrying a mere rumour. To the best of my knowledge and as far as I know, there is no case of COVID 19 here.
“Nobody enters this place, except you are a staff and even the staff, we wash and sanitize our hands before we enter and the people who work here do not go out until they close.”
He also disclosed that there was no casualty in the commotion that ensued at the custodial center.