January 28, 2020

FG probes five deaths, seven injuries in ‘Ikoyi Prisons’ power surge

Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Monday confirmed the deaths of five inmates and injuries to seven others at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

The inmates were electrocuted in their cells following a power surge at about 7am.

Aregbesola, who visited the facility for an on the spot assessment, declined to name the victims’, saying their families had yet to be notified.

The minister said he would probe the incident and that a coroner’s report would confirm the exact cause of death.

He commiserated with the families and pledged to work towards averting a similar incident.

Aregbesola said: “The government of the federation deeply regrets the unfortunate incident. It happened this morning at about 7am.

“I have gone round to see the cell where this incident occurred and I want to express to Nigerians the deep sympathy of the Federal Government and all of us about the circumstances of the accident that led to some loss of lives in one of the cells.

“I’m going to put together a team that will go into the root of how the accident occurred with a view to ensuring that no such thing happens again.

“This is quite sad distressing and disturbing we pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased are equally pray that God will give the families that are bereaved the fortitude to bear the loss.

The victims’ identities could be publicised after their families were notified, he said.

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