Imo Jailbreak: Police Arrest Escaped Inmate In Akwa Ibom

Men of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command have arrested an inmate who recently escaped from prison in Imo State.

The police spokesperson in Akwa Ibom, Odiko MacDon, identified the escaped prisoner arrested as David Ubong, from Ibaka in the Mbo Local Government Area of the state.

“(The) suspect confessed to be one of the inmates who escaped from the Nigerian Correctional Centre in the recent jailbreak at Owerri, Imo State on 5/4/2021. Until his conviction, the suspect was a resident of Obinze in Owerri, Imo State,” MacDon, a superintendent of police said in a statement issued on Friday in Uyo.

“Suspect will be sent back to face his jail term,” he added.

Some 1,844 prisoners were freed when gunmen attacked the prison headquarters in Owerri on April 5. The police headquarters in the state was similarly attacked by gunmen.

Francis Enobore, the spokesperson for the correctional centre said the gunmen used explosives to blast their way through the centre’s administrative block before accessing the entrance into the prisons yard.

“Six inmates have so far voluntarily returned to the facility while 35 inmates refused to escape from custody during the attack,” Mr Enobore had said in a statement, shortly after the incident.

Several states in Nigeria are contending with various security challenges, including kidnapping for ransom, communal conflicts, and frequent clashes between herders and farmers.

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