Owerri Prison Invasion: NCoS has captured 48 escaped prisoners


The Nigerian Penitentiary (NCoS) says it has captured 48 prisoners in custody at Owerri Prison.

The recaptured inmates escaped from the facility on Monday, when it was attacked by gunmen, freeing about 1,844 inmates.

An NCoS spokesman, Mr. Francis Enobore, revealed this in a statement available to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

Enobore noted that peace had gradually returned to the Owerri detention center in Im, following a recent bandit invasion of the facility.

“The 48 prisoners caught today at 1550 on Wednesday increase the number of those currently detained to 84 people.

“This includes those who resisted the temptation to flee during the attack.

“Among the refugees, 11 were captured by men from 211 Nigerian air base, Owerri, while others either returned voluntarily or were returned by their relations, traditional rulers and religious leaders,” he said.

The Acting Comptroller General of the NCoS, Mr. John Mrabure, however, ordered all staff members in the command to follow the refugee prisoners at all costs and release them from the hiding place.

During the interactive session, Mrabure read an act of disorder with staff associated with the detention center, including those at the state headquarters.

He further demanded that the entire body of workers be prepared to frontally resist the emerging security challenges facing the nation and, further, the NCoS.

He expressed deep gratitude to other security authorities in establishing detention centers throughout the county and in the ‘Search and Recovery’ exercise.

He equally thanked the other individuals and groups for their patriotic attitude to ensure that the refugees in detention returned safely to the detention center.

He appealed for greater support in this regard in order to keep dangerous offenders out of traffic and make society safe and secure for all.


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