Some escaped inmates have returned voluntarily, says NCS
The authorities of the Nigerian Correctional Service has released the names and photos of some of the escaped inmates during the jailbreak in Owerri Custodial Centre in Imo State on April 5.
Recall that about 1,884 inmates were said to have been freed when the centre was attacked by yet to be identified gunmen.
Punch reported that one of the escaped inmates, David Ubong, a native of Ibaka in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, was arrested on Tuesday by operatives of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command.
However, giving an update on the crisis, the Controller of Correction (PRO), Francis Enobore, in a statement on Wednesday said some of the escaped inmates returned voluntarily while some were recaptured.
“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. Among the escapees, 11 were recaptured by men of the 211 Nigerian Air force Base, Owerri while others either came back on their own volition or were returned by their relations, traditional rulers and religious leaders,” the statement partly read.
NCS has now released names and photos of some of the inmates who are still at large.
“Faces of persons who escaped from Owerri Custodial Centre, Imo State. Please note that more photographs of the escapees on the way and efforts are on to get clear pictures for the black spaces,” the NCS said in a tweet.
See photos below.