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About 80 inmates return to correctional facility in Imo

Over 80 prisoners who escaped from the Owerri Correctional Centre in Imo State have voluntarily returned to the facility.

A source at the Nigerian Correctional Service disclosed this to the Nation on Wednesday.

He said: “About 17 of them returned on Tuesday and on Wednesday, we saw more than 20 returning back.

”The problem we are having, and this is not peculiar to the jail break 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.”

It was reported that as of Monday evening, 42 of the inmates returned, taking the total number of returnees to 80.

“Most of the returnee inmates were escorted back by their parents, lawyers and relations.

“We are expecting that more will return by the weekend.

“Most of them want to return but they’re afraid that they might be manhandled by some security agents.

“We have very good inmates whose characters we can vouch for. That’s why we need to bring back the parole policy,” the source added.

Recall that 1,844 inmates escaped from the Nigerian Correctional Service headquarters in Imo State on Monday when unknown gunmen attacked the facility.