The state Police Commissioner, Abdulkadir Jimoh, said three detainees have been shot dead while three others escaped from police custody in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
He confirmed the incident on Monday in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo but denied speculations that 19 suspects escaped.
The statement titled, ‘Re: Escape from lawful custody’, said, “On December 13, 2020, around 5am, seven detainees, who were in the custody of one of the command’s outfits for various offences, escaped from the cell. However, three of them died in the process of escaping, while one was re-arrested.
“Meanwhile, efforts are being made to re-arrest other fleeing suspects. By this announcement, the command urges mischief makers to always confirm facts and figures before sending such for public consumption as this can cause panic or unnecessary tension in the state.”
Ugbo had earlier said the girlfriend of one of the suspects secured the saw that was used to cut the cell’s lock, before they escaped.
The station guard and some other officers were said to be detained as a result of the incident, which occurred on Sunday.