Nine prisoners escaped last Thursday from New Jeshwang detention centre located 7 km away from Banjul, an official of Gambia Prison Service (GPS) said.

GPS spokesman Momodou L.Ceesay told this reporter that prisoners took advantage of the heavy rain to find their way out.

“That was an escape made by some remanded prisoners.  Under the rainy conditions, they were able to outsmart the attention of the security,” he said.

He then added that the escaped inmates are linked with common crimes such as stealing, burglary etc.

Ceesay said the patrols were not going on as expected, and the prisoners managed to escape through the roof of their cell.

“They are eight Gambians and a Senegalese national,” he stated.

GPS official further stated that they have informed the Police and other sister agencies.

“A man-hunt has been launched. We are hopeful they will be apprehended, and brought back to prison,” Ceesay said.

GPS spokesperson seized the opportunity to emphasize that any prison officer who will be found wanting will be dealt with accordingly.
Written by Abdoulie JOHN
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