Following the announcement by the federal government that escaped inmates who voluntary return, will be pardoned, 36 of the inmates have returned, this is according to James Maduba, public relations officer (PRO) of Owerri custodial centre, Imo state.
The Imo state correctional centre and a police command were both attacked by gunmen on Monday, with official figures putting the freed inmates at 1844 inmates.
Based on official figures, the correctional centre warehoused 1881 inmates before the attack and 35 opted to stay behind while six had returned voluntarily.
speaking on Arise TV on Wednesday, Maduba said some of the 36 inmates were rearrested while others returned willingly.
“We had about 1881 inmates before the strike and on that very day. Now we have about 78 here now. Some returned voluntarily, some were recaptured. For now, we have 78 inmates,” he said.
Maduba also said efforts are being made to ensure that future attacks are successfully repelled.
“Recollect that the minister was here yesterday and the comptroller-general of corrections, we are putting heads together to make more efforts to fortify the place to make sure that such a thing doesn’t repeat itself,” he added.