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114 fleeing Kogi inmates recaptured

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The Nigerian Correctional Service has stated that 114 inmates out of the 266 that escaped from the Kabba Medium Custodial Centre in Kogi State on Monday have been recaptured.

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A total of 294 inmates were in the facility when some gunmen attacked the Centre but 28 of them refused to escape.

Public Relations Officer of the Service, Francis Enobore, attributed the recapturing to the swift intervention of the Controller-General Haliru Nababa.

Enobore, in a statement, said the Controller-General personally led a team to the Custodial Centre for on- the- spot assessment following the attacks on the facilities.

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Enobore explained that the Controller-General directed “immediate Search Party Response Team to go after the escapees even as Security has been beefed up through the deployment of additional Armed Squad personnel to fortify the facility. ”

Nababa commended the collaboration and support extended to the Service by sister security agencies including the Vigilante groups which has assisted in recapturing the fleeing inmates.

He advised the escapees to turn in themselves within the next 24 hours or risk prosecution if arrested.

He noted that it will be of no use for them to keep hiding since their photographs and biometrics have been captured and are intact.

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While assuring the general public of their safety, the Controller-General stated that no efforts will be spared in smoking out fugitives from hiding.

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