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Panic in FCT, Kwara, Ekiti over 240 fleeing inmates

There was anxiety on Monday in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and six states sharing boundaries with Kogi State.

The panic led to heightened security following Sunday night’s gunmen attack on the correctional facility in Kabba, Kogi, resulting in the escape of 240 inmates.

The whereabouts of the inmates, some of them condemned hardened criminals, are unknown, causing fears that they might be headed to neighbouring states.

The Kogi government has also raised the security to red alert, seeking information on the movement of the escapees.

Police in Kwara, Edo, Osun, Ekiti and Niger have taken measures to secure the states and boundaries.

In the FCT, Force Police spokesman Frank Mba, a commissioner of Police, said the force had activated all its operational and intelligence platforms in pursuit of the escapees. Mba told reporters that all hands were on deck to re-arrest the fleeing inmates.

According to him, the force will collaborate with the NCS to forestall a further breakdown of law and order.

The police spokesman said: “We have experience in dealing with matters of this nature and we will dig deep into our operational experience and toolbox to make sure we get them rearrested.”

Urging the inmates to voluntarily turn themselves in, Mba said: “We have activated all our operational and intelligence platforms in pursuit of the escapees or the suspects and also in assistance and support of the correctional services.

“We are making all our intelligence and operational services available to the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) and we will work with the NCS as well as other patriotic citizens of this country to make sure that those suspects are rearrested as quickly as possible.

“In that vein, we are advising the suspects to give up voluntarily or face the law.”

The Kwara Police Command said it has closed its borders to forestall infiltration of any of the escapees to the state. Command spokesperson Ajayi Okasanmi said policemen in Kwara are collaborating with their colleagues in Kogi to arrest the escapees and their accessories.

Ajayi said: “The command is combat-ready to ensure there is no spillover. That’s why all our borders between Kogi and Kwara are now closed.”

In Osun, Commissioner of Police, Mr Olawale Olokode met with the Controller of the Custodial Centre in the State Command of the NCS, Olanrewaju Amoran.

The Command said its men have been put on the red alert to apprehend criminals, especially those who escaped from the Kabba custodial centre.

Spokesperson of the Command Yemisi Opalola, a Superintendent of Police, confirmed to journalists that the CP’s meeting with the Controller of the Custodial Centre was on how to fortify security around the facility in the State of the Living Spring.

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