ABUJA – The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) says it has so far recovered 48 escapee inmates at Owerri Custodial Centre by unknown gunmen, raising the figure of inmates following the attack at the Owerri Custodial Centre to 84.
The Service has however expressed suspicion that the attack was carried out by members of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).
Francis Enobore, Spokesman of the NCoS, also announced that peace has finally returned to the custodial centre from where a total of 1844 inmates.
He said that 11 of the escapees were recaptured by men of 211 Nigerian Airforce Base Owerri.
“Among the escapees, 11 were recaptured by men of the 211 Nigerian Airforce Base, Owerri while others either came back on their own volition or were returned by their relations, traditional rulers and religious leaders”.
Meanwhile, acting on the directives of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Acting Controller General of Corrections, John Mrabure, has charged all staff in the Command to go after the fleeing inmates and smoke them out of hiding at all cost.
“He read the riot act during the interactive session with personnel attached to the Custodial Centre including those at the State Headquarters.
“He further asked the entire body of staff to braze up to frontally resist the emerging security challenges confronting the nation and by extension, the Nigerian Correctional Service.
“The Corrections boss expresses his profound appreciation to other security bodies in fortifying Custodial Centres across the county and in the Search and Recover exercise.
“He equally thanked other individuals and groups for their patriotic disposition in ensuring that escapees in their custody are safely returned to the Custodial Centre. He appeals for more support in this regard in order to keep the dangerous offenders out of circulation and make the society safe and secure for everyone.”
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