Security operatives in Warri on Saturday barricaded the vicinity of the Okere Prison yard to forestall possible jail break by inmates.
The Joint Taskforce (JTF) which comprised heavily armed military personnel and mobile policemen blocked both sides of the road with about 10 patrol vehicles, preventing road users from passing through the area.
When contacted, Delta Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Celestina Kalu, said the move was to prevent possible jail break.
According to the police spokesperson, on Jan. 1, the inmates had complained over scarcity of water and epileptic power supply in the prison.
“The inmates have complained about shortage of water and poor electricity supply in the prison and the development is generating tension inside the prison.
“So, we decided to swing into action before the situation escalates.
“There were also rumours of possible jail break,’’ Kalu said.