119 Inmates Escape As Rainstorm Destroys Suleja Correctional Centre Fence

The incident happened on Wednesday night. But 10 of the inmates have been recaptured.

No fewer than 119 inmates have escaped from the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Suleja, Niger state.

The inmates were said to have escaped, following hours of heavy downpours which destroyed parts of the facility on Wednesday night.

Public Relations Officer of the Federal Capital Territory FCT Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS, Adamu Duza made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday.

Duza revealed that the Service has immediately activated its recapturing mechanisms, and in conjunction with sister security agencies, disclosing that 10 of the fleeing inmates have been recaptured and taken back into custody.

The statement read: “A heavy downpour that lasted for several hours on the night of Wednesday, 24 April 2024 has wreaked havoc on the Medium Security Custodial Centres, Suleja, Niger state, as well as surrounding buildings, destroying part of the custodial facility, including its perimeter fence, giving way to the escape of a total of one hundred and nineteen (119) inmates of the facility.

“The Service has immediately activated its recapturing mechanisms, and in conjunction with sister security agencies have so far recaptured 10 fleeing inmates and taken them into custody, while we are in hot chase to recapture the rest.

“The Service is not unmindful of the fact that many of its facilities were built during the colonial era and that they are old and weak.

“The Service is making frantic efforts to see that all ageing facilities give way to modern ones. This is evidenced in the ongoing construction of six (6) 3000-capacity ultra-modern custodial centres in all the geo-political zones in Nigeria as well as the ongoing reconstruction and renovation of existing ones.

“The Service wishes to assure the public that it is on top of the situation and that they should go about their businesses without fear or hindrance. The public is further enjoined to look out for the fleeing inmates and report any suspicious movement to the nearest security agency,” it stated.