Official of the Bauchi State Correctional Service has said the successful jailbreak in Imo State last Monday inspired inmates of the Bauchi prison to attempt their own jailbreak.
The incident left at least five inmates and two officials with varying degrees of injuries at the Bauchi State Correctional Service on Friday.
iVOTES reports that security was immediately beefed up as vehicular and traffic movement around the area was severely restricted.
The road leading to the Centre was also barricaded by security personnel at the time of filing this report.
The spokesman of the NCS in the state, Abubakar Adam, confirmed the incident to the media.
Adam said the State Police Command however sent a reinforcement to prevent a jailbreak in Bauchi metropolis, the state capital.
The spokesman debunked rumours that sporadic gunshots were heard, noting that the inmates instigated the violence as a means to escape following Monday’s jailbreak in Imo State.
“There was a riot, not sporadic gunshot traced by inmates. It was the inmates that instigated the riots, maybe wanting to break the prison and get out,” he said.
“It was as a result of what happened in Imo State where some gunmen broke the prison and got away with some inmates from there. We have some conspires from the south and they are serving their sentences here.
“Hearing what happened down south, they wanted to experience the same thing here in Bauchi. We thank God the issue has been quenched.”