Earlier this week, there was an incident at a correctional facility in Owerri, Imo State.
The incident had to do with the moment some unknown gunmen stormed the facility in the wee-hours of the day and set it ablaze.
A whopping number of over 1800 inmate took the opportunity to escape and recent information we are picking up indicate that some of these inmates have returns.
As we speak, 80 new inmates who escaped have returned to the facility and this comes after the Federal Minister of Interior Affairs, Rauf Aregbesola promised that the Federal government will grant any returnee inmate amnesty.
In an interview with Daily Trust, the Public Relations Officer of the Centre, Mr. Joe Madugba indicated that over 80 inmates have returned.
In his submission, he said;
“We have a total of 82 inmates right now. Remember that we have 36 that refused to escape and six that returned. Presently 40 others have joined them. They might have heeded the advice of the honourable minister to grant them amnesty from the crime of jailbreak.”
Meanwhile, another attack was launched on a police station in Imo State on Tuesday by gunmen, suspects were set free and the station was set ablaze.
This was just 24 hours after the Imo State Correctional Centre and the State Police Headquarters were attacked and inmates made to run away.
The incident took place after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu left the State. The duo as well as the Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola were in the state to inspect the level of damage on the security facilities which were razed by fire.