Jail Break at Voinjama Maximum Prison, As 51 inmates escape, four re-arrested, others at large

lofaReports from Lofa County say for the second time a jail break has happened with some fifty one inmates escaped the Voinjama Maximum Prison.

According to a local journalist in the county the incident occurred at about 10pm Wednesday night under heavy down pour when the inmates damaged the pad lock at their prison room and escaped using a hard saw.

The Maximum Prison is situated in complete isolation and perpetual darkness during the night hours making correction officers more vulnerable while increasing the possibility for inmates to escape.

There has been no reason provided by the Voinjama Prison authorities, but a relative of one of the inmates may have taken a piece saw while serving meal to carry on the havoc.

Prison Citizens are said to be living in fear due to the recent jail break as most of the inmates were held in detention for committing crimes ranging from rape, armed robbery, and theft among others.

The journalist is quoted as saying citizens are seen vacating the streets during the early evening hours for fear of coming in contact with some of the hardcore criminals that were transferred from the Bong Prison facility due to over crowdedness.

There is likelihood that most of the escaped inmates have cross into neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone for fear of been identified and re-arrested.

Re-arresting the criminals maybe a challenging task for the Police and authorities of the Prison due to the deplorable state of the Lofa road from Gbarnga, Bong County where a regional security Hub built from which additional officers are deployed as re-enforcement during cases of emergency.

The Voinjama Prison facility was constructed in 1976 and since then there been no major renovation work carryout.

 Meanwhile, Police in Lofa have launched manhunt for the runaway inmates, but warned citizens against secretly lodging them, noting that do so will be a risky venture that undermines the fight against crime.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.