Kogi: 228 inmates escape as flood overflows prison, 100 rearrested

Kogi: 228 inmates escape as flood overflows prison, 100 rearrested

- A correctional centre in Koton Karfe, Kogi state is partly destroyed by flood making it easy for some inmates to escape

- The comptroller general of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Jafar Ahmed, says 228 inmates were in the facility before the incident

- An official of Kogi state, Jerry Omadara, confirms that at least 100 inmates have been re-arrested

At least 228 inmates of the Koton Karfe custodial centre (formerly known as prison) in Kogi reportedly escaped after it collapsed following heavy flooding that resulted from a torrential rain.

Legit.ng understands that the development was confirmed by the comptroller general of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Jafar Ahmed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ahmed spoke with newsmen in Koton Kafe on Monday, October 28, saying that the flood happened at 3am.

According to him, the facility's perimetre fence was submerged affecting the walls of two of the cells.

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Ahmed, who noted that there were 228 inmates at the facility when the incident happened, added that the prison was not habitable after the flood.

Some of the inmates re-arrested are, therefore, being transferred to other prison facilities in the state.

On his part, a security adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello, retired Commodore Jerry Omadara, said at least 100 inmates had been re-arrested.

He, however, noted that some of the inmates returned on their own while some others reported themselves at police stations close to the centre.

Some of the escaping inmates were arrested by the combined team of policemen, army, navy and civil defence corps, he said.

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Legit.ng earlier reported how the controller of the Nasarawa command of the NCS, Emmanuel Okoro, recently denied an alleged jailbreak at the facility.

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He said what happened at the prison was a reaction by some angry inmates who were not allowed to smoke cigarettes within the yard.

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Source: Legit Nigeria

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