Says bandits studied lapses before they struck
The Chief Judge of Imo State, Hon. Justice Paschal Nnadi, has said that the bandits who stormed the Owerri High Court, “obviously understudied the terrain and understood the areas of weakness before perfecting their plan.”
Justice Nnadi made his feelings known in Owerri, when he played host to Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere; the Controller of Nigeria Prison Service, NPS, Mr. Ahmed Ja’afaru and the Imo State Comptroller of Prison, Dr. Alloy Uchenwa, in the Chief Judge’s Chamber.
“Much as the attack shocked us all, the armed bandits must have understudied the court premises and understood the areas of weakness before perfecting their plan”, Justice Nnadi said.
He called for “adequate security” for prison inmates, judges and visitors to all court premises in the state, stressing that what happened in Owerri should not be allowed to repeat in any other place in the state.
“I must use this opportunity to passionately appeal to the Nigerian Prison Service high command, to improve medical services in the prisons, so as to stabilize the health status of inmates, especially those whose offences are capital in nature”, Justice Nnadi pleaded.
Speaking also, the Deputy Governor, Prince Madumere, called for synergy between security agencies in the state, with a view to forestalling a repeat of the unfortunate incident that played out in Owerri High Court premises.
While saying that they were on a critical tour of the premises to personally assess the situation, Madumere also expressed regret that the vicious criminal, Vampire and his eight acolytes were successfully ferried into safety by their colleagues in crime.
He reiterated Governor Rochas Okorocha’s passion for people’s security of life and property, adding that the Governor’s relationship with the security agencies, is to ensure free, secure and safe Imo.
Earlier, the prisons boss explained that he was in Imo to have firsthand information of the sad escape of Henry Chibueze alias Vampire.
While describing the incident as “most unfortunate”, Ja’afaru also promised that “the Nigerian Prison Service has taken the necessary measures to stop any future occurrence.”