Ten prisoners out of 64 inmates at the Kailahun Central Prison were planning to stage a jail break before their plan was foiled. The would-be escapees had reportedly secured nylon ropes and some pepper which they had wanted to tie up and blind the two officers on night shift in order to make their escape.
Some of the prisoners are on record to have said they are grossly underfed and that conditions at the penitentiary are inhumane at best as there are no electricity, clean water and medical facilities.
After the planned escape was foiled, the ten prisoners are currently being held in a special cell awaiting the decision of the Commanding Officer, Edward Findlay, who is currently in Freetown to seek logistical support from headquarters.
In another related development a female prisoner, Jeneba Jalloh who was standing trial at the magistrate court for fraudulent conversion and unlawful possession of marijuana, has escaped from the Kailahun Central Prisons.
But Magistrate Ganda is requesting the prison authorities to reproduce the escapee.