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Kogi jailbreak: 99 inmates recaptured as FG seeks INTERPOL’s help

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SECURITY operatives, yesterday, recaptured about 99 inmates out of over 200 that escaped from the Kabba Correctional Centre in Kogi State.

Recall that gunmen on Sunday night attacked the facility and killed no fewer than two security personnel, including a soldier and a police officer.

Sources hinted that some of the inmates had voluntarily returned to the centre.

The Comptroller General, Haileru Dan Baba, said investigation into the development had commenced but declined further comment on the matter.

All heads of security agencies, including the Assistant Inspector General of Police, State Commissioner of Police, Commander, Army Records, Director State Security Service and special adviser to the Kogi State Governor, Jerry Omodara had also visited the scene of attack.

Meanwhile, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said INTERPOL has been placed on notice with the details of fleeing inmates in case any of them attempts to flee the country.

The minister’s Media Adviser, Sola Fasure, disclosed this in a statement yesterday.

According to the statement, the gunmen used explosives to destroy three sides of the centre’s perimeter fence.

“We are also putting INTERPOL on notice with their details, in case any of them attempts fleeing outside our shores.

“We urge the people, especially the communities around the custodial facility, to be vigilant and report any strange and suspicious persons or activities to the nearest law enforcement agency.

“To the fleeing inmates, escaping from lawful custody is a serious criminal offence. Law enforcement agencies and citizens are lawfully empowered to use all necessary means to arrest and bring you to justice. You should therefore know what you are up against. You will however be eligible for mitigation if you wilfully surrender yourselves at the nearest law enforcement office.

“The Nigeria Correctional Service shall not be cowed by elements seeking to compromise the security of our nation; we shall deal with this situation with absolute resolve”.

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