- Some fleeing inmates of the Owerri Correctional Centre have heeded the advice of the federal government
- More than 80 of the escapees on Wednesday, April 7, returned to the facility
- This came after the government promised to give amnesty to any inmate who voluntarily returns
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Some inmates of the Owerri Correctional Centre who were at large after the recent jailbreak have returned to the facility.
A source told The Nation that among those who came back are those awaiting trial, those who have less prison term and those who are about to complete their sentences.
The source, however, admitted that so far none of the hardened criminals who escaped has returned.
”The problem we are having, and this is not peculiar to the jailbreak here, is that none of the hardened and condemned inmates (HCI) who escaped has returned.
“This is understandable because it will take a miracle for a person who knows that his execution can take place any moment, to return after his freedom was given to him freely by those who broke into the facility."
The source went on to add that most of the inmates who came back were accompanied by their family members and lawyers.
Earlier, the government had promised to offer amnesty to inmates of the facility who were recently let loose by gunmen in Imo state.
The offer was specifically made by the minister of interior affairs, Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday, April 6.
However, Aregbesola made it clear that the government would keep to its promise only if the inmates who were at large return to the facility.
Aregbesola noted that the ministry would not fail to arrest and prosecute those who were behind the attack.
Regretting attacks on correctional facilities and police stations in the country which were quite reminiscent of the woeful EndSARS protest days, the minister ordered the relocation of Owerri Recreational Club and other structures posing a security threat to the facility.