ARUA | THE NORTHERN LINK UG: One inmate has been shot and injured while a dangerous murder convict is at large following an attempted escape by a group of prisoners from Arua government prison.
The incident involved ten inmates who were transferred from GiliGili prison to Arua government Prisons yesterday Thursday 25 March. According to the Uganda radio network, the ten inmates were put in a separate room after they were transferred from GiliGili and decided to escape over the wall fence.
One of the inmates who climbed the wall to escape was shot and injured on the leg while another described as a hard-core criminal already convicted for murder from Moyo district escaped and is now at large.
Frank Baine the Spokesperson for Uganda Prisons confirmed the attempted escape and said the ten inmates whose names have not been disclosed to media from GiliGili took advantage of the old structures they were put in to escape but their mission was aborted.
According to Baine, the Prison Guards shot in the air to curb the situation but injured one inmate on the hand, adding that they are looking for the one who managed to escape.
Meanwhile Ndori Semi the Prisons Commander Arua said the situation has been contained and there is no more course of alarm.
It’s not clear as to what prompted the attempt to escape but some sources say the prisoners were tired of the ‘hard’ conditions in the prisons and wanted to take advantage of their transfer to Arua government prisons to run away.
In March 2020, 3 Inmates were shot dead while 17 escaped from Arua government prisons after climbing the wall fence of the prisons.