200 inmates escape as Kogi prison wall collapses

By AdvocateNews on 28/10/2019

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Heavy downpour in Koton-Karfe, Kogi Local Government Area of Kogi State early Monday morning , made way for the escape of about 200 prisoners from the Medium Federal Correctional Centre.

This follows the collapse of parts of the building housing inmates.

Several houses in the area were also submerged.

A source at the correctional facility, however, told our correspondent that about 100 of the escapees have been rearrested.

The source added that an unspecified number voluntarily returned.

It was gathered that the downpour which lasted hours started around 2a.m, destroying many houses inluding parts of the correctional center, in its wake.

The Acting Chief Imam of Koton-Karfi central mosque, Saidu Suleiman Nuhu told our correspondent that the heavy downpour led to the River Osugu overflowing itself, flooding the embarkment and destroy so many houses, including a part of the correctional centre.

Efforts to speak with the authorities of the correctional centre proved abortive as they refused to speak on the situation.

A source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, however disclosed that about 100 of the inmates that escaped have been rearrested by the security agents.

Meanwhile, the News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Mr. Jafar Ahmed, confirmed the story while speaking with newsmen in Koton Kafe on Monday.

The CG said the flood came at about 3a.m., submerging the perimeter fence and the walls of two cells.

He said there were 228 inmates at the centre as at the time of the incident.

Ahmed said that the prison was not habitable at present, saying that the re-arrested inmates were being transferred to other prison facilities in the state.

He said that details of the incident will be made public later.

Also speaking, the Security Adviser to the state governor, retired Commodore Jerry Omadara, confirmed that over 100 of the inmates have been re-arrested.

According to him, some of the inmates returned of their own volition, some reported themselves at nearby Police stations, while a combined team of policemen, soldiers, naval officers and civil defence corps rearrested others.

Omodara said the state government was informed of the incident at about 4a.m., adding that Governor Yahaya Bello immediately directed head of security agencies in the state to deploy their personnel to the scene.

He said that 228 inmates escaped, noting that many of them escaped for the safety of their lives.

He said that security agents were still combing the bush to re-arrest some of the fleeing inmates, lamenting that the flood was not making it easy for the prisoners to escape.

He commended the security agencies for their prompt intervention, saying that nobody died in the incident.

Posted 28/10/2019 9:38:26 PM


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