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Axe Falls On Corrections Officers Who Allegedly Colluded With Escapees

Two Fiji Corrections Service wardens are understood to have been terminated after their alleged involvement in the escape of seven inmates from the Naboro Maximum Centre in the early hours
28 Dec 2018 10:00
Axe Falls On Corrections Officers Who Allegedly Colluded With Escapees
A Fiji Corrections Service officer at a checkpoint on Queens Road on December 4, 2018.

Two Fiji Corrections Service wardens are understood to have been terminated after their alleged involvement in the escape of seven inmates from the Naboro Maximum Centre in the early hours of Monday, December 24.

It is also understood that the two officers equipped the escapees with a mobile phone and a snip which was used to cut through the grills.

Information reaching the Fiji Sun, revealed the escape plan was known by nine inmates, but two refused to join the seven in the dash for freedom.

Corrections Commissioner Commander Francis Kean said internal investigations were still ongoing.

Due to the quick action by personnel from Corrections, Fiji Police Force and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, the seven convicts were all recaptured less than 24 hours after their escape.

The hardened criminals recaptured are: Ulaiasi Qalomai, Filipe Delana, Mesulame Waqabaca, Josaia Usumaki, Solomoni Qurai, Bainivalu Tuimatavesi and Peniasi Qalibau.

How did they escape?

Senior Police sources who are familiar with the investigations described the elaborate escape plan of the seven.

The inmates tore apart the bedcover of their mattresses and plaited strong ropes out of it which they used to scale the walls.

The top of the walls around the corrections facility have barbed wires with razors.

To cushion themselves from being cut by the barbed wires, the in- mates used flip flops.

They tied flip flops to their arms and legs and other exposed areas which could easily be scratched by the barbed wires.

Once they secured their exposed body parts with flip flops, they cut through the grills, and made the run to the roof of the building adjacent to the wall.

Using the ropes plaited by the inmates out of the mattress covers, they scaled down the wall and made a run for it in the forests behind the complex.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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