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BREAKING: 119 Inmates Escape From Suleja Custodial Centre – NCoS

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), has said that “A heavy downpour that lasted for several hours on the night of Wednesday, 24 April 2024 has wreaked havoc on the Medium Security Custodial Centres, Suleja, Niger State, giving way to the escape of a total of 119 inmates of the facility”.

The Service added that the downpour, which affected surrounding buildings, also destroyed the facility’s perimeter fence,

A statement signed on Thursday by the Public Relations Officer of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) command, DSC AS Duza, disclosed that 10 of the fleeing inmates have since been “recaptured”.

It reads in part: “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 a hot chase to recapture the rest.

“The Service is not unmindful of the fact that many of its facilities were built during the colonial era, and that they are old and weak.

“The Service is making frantic efforts to see that all ageing facilities give way for modern ones. This is evidenced in the ongoing construction of six (6) number of 3000-capacity ultra-modern custodial centres in all the geo-political zones in Nigeria as well as the ongoing reconstruction and renovation of existing ones.

“The Service wishes to assure the public that it is on top of the situation and that they should go about their businesses without fear or hindrance.

“The public is further enjoined to look out for the fleeing inmates and report any suspicious movement to the nearest security agency”.

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