The Nigerian government on Wednesday stated that it would publish names and photos of fleeing Owerri prison inmates in a bid to recapture them quickly.
Recall that gunmen on Monday morning attacked the correctional facility and police investigations department in Owerri, Imo State, setting them on fire and releasing over 1800 prisoners.
Francis Enobore, the spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Centre (NCoS), told newsmen that the names of the prisonerswould soon be released.
He said: “As I speak with you, they (information about fleeing inmates) are being processed. Our IT experts are currently working on it. We have their complete pictures and bios.
“We will publish their pictures online and other strategic places where the general public can see.”
The NCoS spokesperson added that no bounty had been placed on the fleeing prisoners.
“I cannot say, for now, the inmates have committed an offence already. But we will wait and allow the inmates to utilise the opportunity given to them by the honourable minister,” the NCoS spokesman explained.
He added some of the inmates that returned were brought back by their relatives.
“As we speak, 60 inmates who returned on their own voluntarily are in our custody. Some of them were brought back by their parents, custodians. The next measure would be determined after the expiration given by the honourable minister,” Enobore stated.
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