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118 inmates escape as rainstorm destroys Niger prison

One hundred and eighteen inmates have escaped from the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Suleja, in Niger State after a rainstorm wreaked havoc on a part of the facility late Wednesday.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the spokesperson, Federal Capital Territory Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Adamu Duza, on Thursday.

He said, “A heavy downpour that lasted for several hours on the night of Wednesday, 24 April 2024 has wreaked havoc on the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Suleja, Niger State, as well as surrounding buildings, destroying a part of the custodial facility, including its perimeter fence, giving way to the escape of a total of one hundred and nineteen (118) inmates of the facility.”

According to the statement, efforts have been ramped up to recapture the inmates with 10 of them so far retaken into custody.

“The Service has immediately activated its recapturing mechanisms, and in conjunction with sister security agencies have so far recaptured 10 fleeing inmates and taken them into custody, while we are in hot chase to recapture the rest,” he said.

The statement added that the facility was built during the colonial era and is old and weak. 

However, he said efforts are on to bring the facilities up to date.

The statement further urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or sightings of escaped inmates to the nearest security agency.