By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
There was serious tention on Monday evening at the Okere Correctional Centre formerly called Okere Prisons in Warri, Delta State. When a downpour destroyed the roofs of buildings housing hundreds of inmates.
AUTHENTIC NEWS gathered that the incident which occurred at about 4pm on Monday also destroyed a section of fence of the Warri prisons.
It was also learnt that an entire roof of one of the buildings was removed by the rain leaving many of the inmates homeless.
Multiple sources at the Correction Centre confirmed the development to our correspondent on a condition of anonymity.
Sources said, “The rain accompanied by heavy winds destroyed the roof of the building causing the entire building to be flooded.
“Another building was also torched. The wall of the prisons was damaged. No inmate escaped from the facility.
“The development led to the deployment of more security agencies to the premises to prevent inmates from escaping from the centre.
“One of the building housing inmates and warders offices at the prisons was also partially torched.
“An unknown number of inmates allegedly absconded from the facility. An official of the correction centre told Our correspondent”.
When Contacted for comments, the State Police Public Relations Officers, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the development. saying that, no inmate absconded from the facility.
She said, “following the development, security agencies, comprising of the police led by the Warri Area Commander rushed to the facility to restore normalcy and beef up security.
“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.
“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.”