More inmates return to Owerri Correctional Centre after jailbreak escape

More escaped inmates have returned to the Owerri Correctional Centre.

It was gathered that at the last count no fewer than 85 fleeing inmates, who escaped after unknown gunmen attacked the complex on the early hours of Monday, have returned.

Our correspondent recalls that 1,884 inmates were freed when the gunmen struck the Correctional Centre and the Imo State Police Command headquarters in Owerri, respectively.

Recall that the attackers razed no fewer than 50 vehicles also attacked a military base at Ukwuorji on the Owerri-Onitsha Expressway.

The National Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Correctional Service had informed the press on Tuesday evening that 57 inmates had returned to the centre.

But a check by our correspondent on Wednesday showed that more fleeing inmates had returned to the Centre increasing the number to 85.

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It was also gathered that non of the hardened criminals had returned to the Centre.

Also, non of the inmates who were sentenced to death and and on life imprisonments had returned to the Centre.

A source at the Centre who confided in our correspondent said “we now have about 85 inmates as our custody this Wednesday afternoon. We are hopeful that more inmates would return. Though the number has not been made public but I can confirm that as of this afternoon we now have about 85 inmates.

“While some returned on their own accord, others were brought by their lawyers and family members. We are very hopeful that more inmates will come back on their own. This is just a reformative centre and we hope that those of them who have turned new leaf will come back on their own.”

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When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Centre, James Madugba, said that he could not immediately confirm the actual number of inmates who had returned.

He, however, said that no fewer than 60 inmates had returned to the Correctional Centre.

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