Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday confirmed the death of five inmates and hospitalisation of another seven in the electrocution that occurred at the Ikoyi Prison, a major correctional facility in Lagos.
The inmates were said to have been electrocuted in their cells following a power surge at about 7am yesterday.
Aregbesola, who visited the facility for an on the spot assessment, declined to name the victims, saying their families had yet to be notified.
The minister said he would probe the incident and that a coroner’s report would confirm the exact cause of the incident.
He commiserated with the families and pledged to work towards averting a similar incident in future.
He said: “The government of the federation deeply regrets the unfortunate incident. It happened this morning at about 7am.
“I have gone round to see the cell where this incident occurred and I want to express to Nigerians the deep sympathy of the Federal Government and all of us about the circumstances of the accident that led to some loss of lives in one of the cells.
“I’m going to put together a team that will go into the root of how the accident occurred with a view to ensuring that no such thing happens again.
“This is quite sad, distressing and disturbing. We pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased. We equally pray that God will give the families that are bereaved the fortitude to bear the loss.
“The victims’ identities could be publicised after their families were notified.
“We are yet to inform the families of the deceased but that will be done, before we release the name of the victims.
“The law recommends in this instance a coroner’s inquest which will reveal what the exact cause of the deaths were, but beyond that, we will look into everything about it, the circumstances, the how, why, and generally cause of this.”