Four inmates died during an attempted jailbreak at the Kaduna prison on March 31, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) said.
It said a comprehensive investigation has commenced on the directive of the Controller General, NCoS, Mr Ja’afaru Ahmed.
The Controller Kaduna command, Mr Sanusi Danmusa, said the attempted jailbreak occurred when some inmates demanded their release over fears of contracting the coronavirus.
The NCoS Kaduna described as malicious reports by a section of the media twisting the attempted jail-break at the custodial centre..
“This attempted jailbreak was carried out by a section of the condemned convict cell in the custodial centre”, NCoS said.
“This press release is necessary to assure the public that the command and indeed the Service are not trying to hide any fact as purported by a section of the press, especially when life is involved.
“Four inmates later died in the hospital from the injuries sustained during the chaos that ensued, while being restrained by the custodial officers from breaking jail.
“For the avoidance of doubt, all the deceased inmates were from the condemned section of the Custodial Centre where the jail-break occurred,” he said.