COVID-19: Prison protest, Jail break averted in Kaduna Correctional Centre

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… Lagos discharges five patients

A jail break was this afternoon averted at Kaduna Central Correctional Centre after protest by inmates took another turn.

The inmates who are protesting congestion in their cells said they can no longer put up with overcrowded cellsamid outbreak of COVID-19 disease in Nigeria.

They also accuse prison officials of dereliction of duty and nonchalance.

According to them, they must be released to avoid being infected by the deadly virus. But when their complaints fell on deaf ear, the inmates resorted to protest during which some of them attempted to escape in the midst of fracas that ensued between inmates and security personnel as well as wardens reportedly battling them.

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A resident of nearby compound said that gunshots were heard before the situation was brought under control.

In another development, Lagos State discharged five coronavirus patients who were treated at Infectious Disease Centre (IDF), Yaba Mainland Hospital.

There are four males and one female among the survivours.

Governor of Lagos State, disclosed this while giving latest update of cases and efforts by his administration at combating the infection.

“We are very excited to hear that five of our citizens in the isolation centre have regained full recovery. It is another pointer to us that with a concerted effort, we can defeat the coronavirus in Lagos and Nigeria,” he said.

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Latest reports credited to National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) puts current confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria at over 130.

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