A prisoner being transported to the Kirikiri Prison stunned police officers and officials as he staged an audacious escape.
It was a shocker of the greatest proportion when a prisoner staged a one man prison break show when he escaped from the police and prison officials who were escorting him and many others, to the Kirikiri Prison in the Apapa area of Lagos State.
The incident which happened at the 2nd Rainbow Bus stop along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, according to witnesses, saw the prisoner stun the officers and made good his escaped in broad daylight on Monday, May 23.
Witnesses recount that a vehicle belonging to the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS), was taking back the prisoners to the prison after a day in court when it had a flat tire at the bus stop.
The prison officials decided to get another vehicle to transfer the inmates so as to continue with its journey. They got a vehicle alright and began transferring the prisoners one after the other into it for onward movement to their abode.
But alas, when it came to the turn of the escapee, he pretended as if he was walking into the vehicle but suddenly, he broke into a frantic run and before the fully armed officers could react, he had reportedly run into the busy FESTAC Estate Extension behind the bus stop.
By the time the police and prison officers could gather realise what was happening and chased after the determined escapee, the man had run into a market in the estate.
The policemen were said to have fired several shots into the air which scared people and added confusion to the whole scene with people running helter-skelter, further aiding the escape of the prisoner.
A witness added:
"The police shot at the floor while chasing the escapee prisoner, but he refused to stop. The police shot in the air and many people in the open food joints took to their heels causing commotion as the police officers could no longer identify who the real prisoner was.
They therefore started searching the houses in the area, but couldn't get the prisoner as he had escaped without trace. Sadly, the policemen turned back and returned to the vehicle."