ARUA. The ringleader of the Saturday mass escape from Arua government prison has been identified by the prison authority.

Speaking to journalists at Arua government prison on Monday, Mr Frank Baine, the prisons’ spokesperson said preliminary information indicates that Moses Adrapi aka Mbalia, a convict on life sentence for murder was the mastermind of the escape.

Baine said Adrapi mobilized committals and long termers using the excuse of coronavirus, suspension of courts and the 30 days ban on prison visitation to escape.

A group of at least 200 inmates staged the prison break using a human ladder to jump over the perimeter wall while others were having lunch.

In the process, three inmates succumbed to gunshots, six sustained gunshot wounds, 13 recaptured and 17 still at large.

Baine identified the dead inmates as a house breaking offender on remand, Jasper Okello, 12-year-convicts Richard Aguta and Muzamil Tabuga of aggravated defilement and murder respectively.

He, however, commended majority of the inmates for refusing what he termed as 'bad wagon decision' of the wrong elements to escape.

According to Baine, the ringleader (Adrapi) and his accomplices have since been transferred away as the search for other escapees continues.

He placed a Shs2m bounty on the 17 inmates still at large and asked members of the public to cooperate with security agencies in West Nile by providing information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects.

This is not the first time for inmates from Arua government prison to escape from the facility. In 2006, inmates escaped from the same prison, taking advantage of relaxed security as most officers were taken to oversee elections during the voting day.

EscapeesThe list of the escapees