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227 Inmates Escape From Kogi Prison After Building Collapsed Due To Heavy Flood

Valentine Chinyem

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About 227 prisoners on Monday escaped Nigeria Correctional Service prison located in Koton-Karfe area of Kogi state.

This building was said to have caved in after an early morning downpour which resulted in the flood which caused some parts of the correctional centre including the fence to cave in.

While speaking to newsmen, the Controller General of Prison Jafaru Ahmed who was at the Koto-Karfe correctional center to assess the level of damage on the facility, said, a total of 129 inmates have been rearrested. He noted that some inmates returned to the centre on their own volition, while some reported at the nearest police station to hand themselves in.

“As at 3:00 am the flood started and as at 5:00 am the prisoners were able to produce their way out. Some escaped and as I speak to you, some are returning.

“Most of the others have been captured following efforts by security agencies including the police, the army, the navy all have ensured to secure the place.

“Search parties have gone into the bush to recapture others.
He, however, described the situation as a natural disaster and added that efforts are on to track the remaining 98 inmates.

More so,the Controller General of Prison also disclosed that the inmates will be moved to another correctional home.