14 fleeing Niger prison inmates captured,105 still on the run.

Thursday, April 25, 2024
 –A total of 14 fleeing inmates have been recaptured so far from the Suleja Medium Security Custodial Centre in Niger State.

The Spokesperson for the Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Adamu Duza, disclosed this to our correspondent on Thursday evening.

A downpour on Wednesday night wreaked havoc on the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Suleja, Niger State, resulting in extensive damage to the facility and facilitating the escape of 119 inmates.

The downpour caused severe damage to the custodial centre’s infrastructure, including a breach in the perimeter fence, allowing inmates to flee.

Ten fleeing inmates were earlier recaptured.

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, after surveying the damage caused by a severe downpour at the custodial centre in Suleja, highlighted the urgent need for reforms in over 240 custodial centres nationwide.

Tunji-Ojo pledged the Federal Government’s dedication to bringing the remaining fleeing inmates back into custody.

However, giving the latest updates, Duza said, “Our intelligence officers, armed squadron officers, in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, DSS, and other security agencies, are combing neighbouring communities to find the fleeing inmates.

“14 fleeing inmates have been recaptured so far. The search is still going on.”

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