Jailbreak: 108 Fleeing Kogi Prison Inmates Re-arrested – Official

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At least 108 out of 240 inmates who escaped from a prison in Kogi state have been recaptured, a prison official said Tuesday, 14 September.

Heavily armed gunmen stormed the Security Custodial Centre in Kabba, in Kogi State, late on Sunday, freeing scores of inmates.

“We have a total of 108 inmates rearrested,” Nigeria’s correctional service spokesman Francis Enobore told AFP.

“But as the day progresses, the figure will definitely increase,” he added, saying “several processes have been activated to ensure all inmates are rearrested.”

The gunmen invaded the prison, which had 294 prisoners in custody at the time, including 224 pre-trial detainees. A soldier and a police officer lost their lives in the attack.

The Comptroller–General, Haliru Nababa had ordered a recapture procedure to be activated immediately and detailed investigation carried out even as he lead a team to assess the situation.

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The Federal Government had also enlisted the help of the International Police Organisation, INTERPOL, to track gunmen who attacked the Prison.

The latest jailbreak comes a few months after gunmen attacked the Nigerian Correctional Service and the police headquarters in Imo State, freeing 1,844 inmates, after which the hoodlums set the facilities ablaze.

A similar attack was carried out at the correctional center in Ubiaja, Edo State. However, the jailbreak was foiled by officers at the facility.

The inmates, after breaking out from their cells, engaged the correctional officers in a fight, leaving some of the security personnel injured.

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