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The Controller-General of Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Ja’afaru Ahmed has confirmed that five out of the 13 inmates who escaped from Koton-Karfe Prison in Kogi State have been recaptured.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Service, Francis Enobore said the NPS boss disclosed this while on an on-the-spot assessment of the incident in Koton Karfe prison on Sunday.
He disclosed that: “Five pre-trial detainees out of the escapees have been recaptured with the assistance of other security agencies and local vigilante groups as well as individuals and have been returned to the prison.”
In the meantime, Enobore said the Controller-General has set up a three-man panel to carry out an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape and forward the report to his office for necessary action.
He also said CG Ahmed assured that appropriate measures were being put in place to address congestion phenomenon particularly among awaiting trial prisoners.
According to him, the Controller General further stated that security arrangement was being strenghtened in and around prison facilities across the country to forestall future occurrence.
It would be recalled that 13 prisoners compromising 10 pre-trial detainees and 3 convicts escaped from Koton Karfe prison in the early hours of Saturday, 30th July, 2016 by simply scaling the Prison fence.
Also, two prisoners; Maxwell Ojukwu from Delta state and Solomon Amodu from Kogi state, still awaiting trial following allegation of suspected culpable homicide escaped from Kuje Medium Prison on 25th June, 2016 and are still at large.
Credit: Daily Trust
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