Inmates of Medium Custodial Centre in Kaduna went on the rampage on Tuesday over a rumoured presence of a suspected coronavirus case at the facility.
The inmates demanded they be released from the facility after news filtered in that an awaiting trial inmate had infected two other persons with the disease.
Officials of the facility were forced to fire several shots into the air to disperse the restive inmates.
However, the Controller of the Kaduna Command of the Correctional Centre, Sanusi Muazu Danmusa, has dismissed the claim that an inmate was infected with COVID-19 in the facility.
He told journalists that the incident was just a “mere misunderstanding.
He said: “We only had a mere misunderstanding and we have resolved it. Our environment is now peaceful and calm.
“There is no suspected case of COVID- 19 in Kaduna Convict Prison, whoever is carrying such is carrying a mere rumour. To the best of my knowledge and as far as I know, there is no case of COVID- 19 here.
“Nobody enters this place, except you are a staff and even the staff, we wash and sanitize our hands before we enter. Also, the people who work here do not go out until they close.”
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