Security agencies hunt for fleeing 1,884 Owerri inmates


Security agencies have launched a massive hunt for 1,884 inmates of Owerri Custodial Centre, Imo State, who escaped after the facility was attacked by gunmen on Monday morning.

Six escaped inmates have returned to the facility while 35 others did not escape during the attack.

The attackers gained entrance into the yard by using explosives on the administrative block.

They were said to have arrived at the centre in large numbers in several Hilux pick-up vans and Sienna buses armed with sophisticated weapons and immediately engaged the security personnel on duty in a fierce gun battle.

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They eventually detonated the explosives to gain entrance.

Spokesperson for the NCoS, Francis Enobore, disclosed in a statement that the acting Controller-General of Corrections, John Mrabure, had ordered a comprehensive investigation into the incident and in collaboration with other security organisations commenced a search and recovery operation to recapture the fleeing inmates.

The statement reads, “While appealing to the good citizens of Imo State and indeed Nigerians to volunteer useful intelligence that will facilitate the recovery effort, the acting Controller-General wishes to assure that the security of custodial centres in the country remains sacrosanct.

“He equally directed all officers attached to custodial facilities to remain vigilant at this trying moment in our history.”

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