The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has vowed to recapture all inmates who escaped from the Nigeria Correctional Service Custodial Centre, Abolongo, Oyo, saying the Federal Government has enlisted the service of the Interpol to nab fleeing prisoners.
A statement by the minister’s media aide, Sola Fasure, stated that Aregbesola made the promise while on an inspection visit to the facility on Sunday in Oyo.
The minister assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime would pursue not just those who attacked the facility but prisoners who fled.
“The attack was unconscionable. I commend officers of the service and other members of sister security agencies who provided perimeter security for our facility for fighting gallantly and holding the fort before the attackers were able to gain access to the awaiting trial section of the facility,” said Mr Aregbesola.
“However, those who escaped are already being pursued. Some have been re-arrested. Many more will still be captured.”
He announced that 446 out of 907 fleeing inmates were recaptured.
“As of the last count, 446 of the escapees have been recaptured, leaving 392 still at large. We want to assure Nigerians that the service has an updated database of the escapees, which include their biometrics,” the minister explained.
“We are sharing the database with all security agencies in the country, including the Interpol, so those who escaped our recapture efforts can be nabbed.”