Peace has gradually returned to Owerri Custodial Centre in Imo State in the aftermath of the recent invasion of the facility by suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.
The Controller of Correction, O. F. Enobore, said as at 3:50pm of April 7, 2021, the Centre had recovered a total of 48 inmates who escaped in the wake of the invasion, thus increasing the number of inmates presently in custody to 84, including those that resisted the temptation to escape during the attack.
According to him, among the escapees, 11 were recaptured by men of the 211 Nigerian Air Force Base, Owerri, while others either came back on their own or were returned by their relations, traditional rulers or religious leaders.
Meanwhile, acting on the directives of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the acting Controller-General of Corrections, John Mrabure, has charged all staff in the command to go after the fleeing inmates and back to the facility.
He gave the directive during an interactive session with personnel attached to the Custodial Centre, including those at the state headquarters.
Aregbesola also tasked the entire body of staff to braze up to frontally resist the emerging security challenges confronting the nation and by extension, the Nigerian Correctional Service.
The Corrections boss express his profound appreciation to other security bodies in fortifying Custodial Centres across the county and in the Search and Recover exercise.
He also thanked individuals and groups for their patriotic disposition in ensuring that escapees in their custody are safely returned to the Custodial Centre.