6 escaped prisoners recaptured

Six out of the 13 prisoners that escaped from the Koton-Karfe prison in Kogi state have been rearrested.

The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Prisons Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed made the who made the disclosure on Sunday said the escapees were recaptured with the assistance of other security agencies and local vigilante groups.

Ahmed who paid a visit to the Koton-Karfe prison said the pre-trial detainees have since been returned back to custody.

According to a statement released on Sunday by the Prison Service spokesman, Francis Enobore, the Comptroller General confirmed that 13 inmates escaped from the prison on Saturday, comprising 10 pre-trial detainees and three convicts.

The CG said he had setup a panel of inquiry to investigate the escape, reassuring that measures are being put in place to address congestion in the prisons, particularly among awaiting trial prisoners in line with the reform agenda of the Federal Government.

He further stated that heightened security measures are being put in place across all prisons in the country to forestall a recurrence.

The Koton-Karfe prison is notorious for jailbreaks, this being its third between 2010 and 2013.

The latest jail-break happened less than two months after two high profile inmates escaped from the Kuje Prison in Abuja.

Solomon Amodu and Maxwell Ajukwu, who were standing trial for culpable homicide, broke out of escaped the Kuje Medium Security Prison, Abuja on June 24, 2016.

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