The Nigerian Correctional Service has announced that six inmates voluntarily returned while 35 others declined to escape from custody after the correctional facility was ambushed on Monday, April 5 2021, in Owerri, Imo state.
In a statement issued by the NCOs public relations officer, Francis Enobore, the service announced that a total of 1,844 inmates fleed during the invasion.
Read the statement below:
“The Owerri Custodial Centre in Imo State has been attacked by unknown gunmen and forcefully released a total of 1,844 inmates in custody. The attackers who stormed the facility at about 0215hrs on Monday April 5, 2021, gained entrance into the yard by using explosives to blast the administrative block.
They were said to have entered at the centre in their large number in several Hilux pick-up vans and Sienna buses armed with sophisticated weapons and immediately connected the security personnel on duty in a fierce gun battle. They eventually detonated the explosive to gain entrance.
The Acting Controller-General of Corrections, John Mrabure has decreed a comprehensive investigation into the event and in alliance with other security organizations, started a search and recovery operations to recapture the fleeing inmates, ” .