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Over 400 Kuje Prison escapees still on the loose



IT HAS been reported that over 400 inmates who escaped from the Kuje Medium Custodial Facility, Abuja, during the July 5, 2022 jailbreak are yet to be recaptured.

  Spokesperson of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Umar Abubakar had stated five persons, including an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and four inmates died during the attack.

  In an interview on Monday with the media, Umar said the hunt for the fleeing inmates is still ongoing and very soon, all of them will be recaptured.

  “Except for any inmates that escaped from our custody and remain prisoners in their homes, they will be caught when they step out because every detail about them is in the system,” he said.

  When asked how many have been re-arrested due to synergy with security agencies and deployment of e-technology in the last 30 days, the spokesperson said, “Recapturing is an ongoing process”.

  Continuing the Ncos boss averred that: “We are synergising with other security agencies to make sure that every inmate is recaptured and put where they are supposed to be. Very soon, we will address the press on the recapturing made so far”.

  “If we had proper security architecture in place for tracking and apprehending suspects, especially Immigration and Customs, by now, we would have

recaptured almost all fleeing inmates,” he added.

  According to intelligence report from relevant agencies, 879 inmates, including 64 high-profile Boko Haram terrorists fled the facility during the jailbreak. Hours later, the Islamic State in West Africa Province claimed responsibility for the attack.

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According to media reports, between July 15 and October 3, 2022, no fewer than 32 out of the 454 escapees have been recaptured

It will be recalled that the media on July 14 reported that the House of Representatives Committee on Correctional Service said the NCoS had recaptured 421 inmates with 454 still at large.

.  A security expert, Chidi Ojeme, in an interview with the media on Monday, said the slow recapturing of fleeing inmates calls for worry, noting that they are capable of carrying out future attacks.

  Although he commended the security agencies for the pushback in recent times, Ojeme, however, said much is still needed to be done to ensure that the fleeing inmates are arrested.

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