Kaduna inmates revolt over ‘COVID-19 case’

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There was pandemonium at the Medium Custodial Centre, Kaduna on Tuesday as prisoners revolted over a rumoured case of COVID-19 in the centre.

Our correspondent gathered that the inmates protested in the prison, demanding to be released from the congested centre.

Unconfirmed report also has it that an awaiting trial inmate who was brought into the prison recently was infected with COVID-19 and had infected two other inmates, who were showing symptoms of the virus.

It was gathered that personnel of the centre had a tough time containing the disturbance, and even fired gunsots to scare off the agitated inmates.

Controller of the Kaduna Command of the Correctional Centre, Sanusi Muazu Danmusa told our correspondent that there is no suspected case of COVID-19 in the centre.

Our correspondent who visited the centre to confirm the rumoured outbreak of COVID-19 and the comotion in the prison, observed that Independence Way was blocked directly in front of the facility, with barricades and vehicles of the state security outfit, Operation Yaki.

But the Controller who was at the prison gate at the time of the visit said what happened at the Centre was a mere misunderstanding, which is normal.

He said, “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 here; 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 member of staff and even the staff wash and sanitise their hands before we enter and the people who work here do not go out until they close.”

The Controller also said there was no casualty in the fracas that ensued.

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