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Five Prosoners Electrocuted, Others Injured In Ikoyi Correctional centre

Valentine Chinyem

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Five inmates lost their lives, with 10 others sustaining various degrees of injury on Monday, after they were electrocuted by loose electric cable inside the Ikoyi Correctional Centre, Lagos.

This was confirmed by the spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) in Lagos, Mr. Rotimi Oladokun.

He said the Comptroller General of the NCoS Jaffaru Ahmed would brief the press at 4 pm on the incident.

However, Minister for Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, earlier confirmed the electrocution through a statement by his spokesperson Jane Osuji.

“The attention of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been drawn to an electrocution incident at the Ikoyi Medium Security Prison in Lagos.

“The minister has directed a quick investigation into the root cause and the ministry will in the next few hours share a comprehensive update on the incident.

“While we commiserate with victims of the incident, the minister has ordered immediate medical attention for those affected.”

Meanwhile, the injured inmates are being treated at an undisclosed hospital in the state.