English philosopher, Aldous Huxley once said “The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.”
In recent years, there’s been multiple prison breaks happening all around the country, every time the news breaks I wonder what the correctional facilities are doing to stop this from happening again, and then it happens again. As the quote said, a lack of efficiency is detrimental to life and freedom. The problems facing the Nigerian correctional facilities will probably fill up a bible, however if dangerous criminal elements keep escaping that poses a serious threat for the society as a whole.
Now, a video has been circulating that shows a group of kidnappers arrested by members of the Imo State Police force. In the video, they confess to having escaped from prison. Following their escape, these people who were incarcerated for various violent crimes, set up a kidnapping syndicate and picked up from where they left off.
See the video below
The statement from the Police reads,
“Following a report of the kidnapping of one Dominic Chukwuma and Silas Nnawubia respectively, received by the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit on 30th April 2022. The Operatives immediately swung into action.”
“In the course of interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime of kidnapping and revealed how they escaped from Imo Correctional Centre Jailbreak of 5th of April, 2021, and after their escape, got a safe hideout in Ahiazu Mbaise, formed a kidnapping syndicate with their hideouts in strategic areas in the state. And have been the ones involved in most of the deadly kidnapping incidents recorded in the state.”
The police added that they found one AK47 rifle with eighty-four rounds of live ammunition, four locally made pistols, forty-six rounds of live cartridges, one Toyota 4Runner SUV vehicle belonging to the victim, multiple banks ATM cards stolen from their victims and the personal belongings of the victim after a thorough search of the kidnappers den.
Someone needs to take responsibility. How do dangerous criminal elements like this get free and proceed to reek havoc in the society. The Prison authorities and the Police need to work with states, local governments and the community in every way they can so as to rearrest criminals like this.