Elo Edremoda, Warri
Fire on Monday gutted a part of the Sapele Correctional Centre in Delta state, during a protest by inmates in the facility.
They were also said to be protesting against poor treatment by officials of the correctional centre.
It will be noted that visitors often donate food items among other necessities to the inmates, during visits.
Meanwhile, there has been heavy presence of security operatives stationed around the facility to prevent any escape attempt by the inmates.
When contacted, Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command, CP Hafiz Inuwa, confirmed the incident.
He noted that authorities at the Centre are looking into the issue.
“They are demonstrating over the newly introduced policy that correctional service there has stopped allowing visitors to see them and give them money. So they see it as a new policy aimed at going against their own welfare.
“As of the time the DPO called me, they were trying to persuade them to calm down. Meanwhile, the police have taken position outside the prison yard to ensure that no room is given for escape,” Inuwa stated.