Prison Break: Dozens of inmates escape as rain destroy correctional centre in Niger

During a heavy rainfall on Wednesday night, a number of inmates managed to escape from the Suleja Correctional Facility in Niger State.

The facility suffered damage from the storm.

According to a statement from Adamu Duza, the spokesman for the FCT Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service, the Service has promptly launched efforts to recapture the escaped inmates.

“A heavy downpour that lasted for several hours on the night of Wednesday, 24 April 2024 has wreaked havoc on the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Suleja, Niger State, as well as surrounding buildings, destroying part of the custodial facility, including its perimeter fence, giving way to the escape of a total of 118 inmates of the facility,” he said.

Working with other security agencies, they have successfully apprehended 10 of the inmates and placed them back in custody. The search is still ongoing to capture the remaining escapees.

“This is evidenced in the ongoing construction of six number of 3000-capacity ultra-modern custodial centres in all the geo-political zones in Nigeria as well as the ongoing reconstruction and renovation of existing ones,” he said.

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