By Bukar Bolori
The Nigerian Correctional Service has said 84 inmates are in it’s custody after the invasion and setting free of prisoners at the Owerri Custodial Centre by men believed to the members of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).
It said of the people set free by the attackers 48 were picked up in parts of Imo State with 36 resisting the temptation to flee when the facility was invaded
A statement by the Service Public Relations Officer (SPRO), Francis Enobore, said peace has gradually returned to Owerri Custodial Centre in Imo State following the recent invasion of the facility by gunmen suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).
Enobore said: “As at 1550hrs today, 7th April 2021, the Centre has recovered a total of 48 inmates who escaped in the wake of the invasion thus increasing the number of inmates presently in custody to 84, including those that resisted the temptation to escape during the attack.”
He disclosed that: “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.
He said 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.
Enabore said Mrabure read the riot act during the interactive session with personnel attached to the Custodial Centre including those at the State Headquarters.
He said his boss 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.
He expressed 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 however appealed 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.