Names, pictures of over 1,500 fleeing inmates to be published

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The Nigerian Correctional Service, NCoS spokesman, DCC, Austin Njoku says it is set to publish the names and pictures of over 1,500 inmates who escaped from the custodial facilities in Benin and Oko, Edo State, and in Okitipupa, Ondo State, during the week.

Austin Njoku further disclosed that the service was equally mobilising various security and intelligence resources to recapture the fleeing inmates.

While 1,993 inmates broke out of the two custodial centres in Edo State, 58 reportedly escaped from the Ondo correctional facility.

He stated, “We are mobilising the people and the press for information because to inject the number of such people into the society is a problem. Imagine over 1,000 criminals injected into society?

“We are mobilising the intelligence agencies, the police and the DSS (Department of State Services). We are publishing their names and pictures very soon.”

Njoku added that he did not have the number of inmates already rearrested.

Meanwhile, 25 inmates who escaped from Oko and Sapele Road Correctional Centre when hoodlums broke into the facilities have voluntarily returned to the centres and surrendered themselves to the authorities.

It brings to 207 the number of prisoners who have been recaptured, returned or secured.

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