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Nigeria correctional service launches manhunt for escaped inmates amid infrastructure concerns

Minister of Interior Vows Reform as Recapture Efforts Intensify Following Suleja Custodial Centre Breach

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Efforts to track down and recapture escaped inmates of the Suleja Medium Security Custodial Centre in Niger State have been intensified by the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), following a breach caused by a recent rainstorm. Amidst the pursuit, concerns over aging infrastructure prompt pledges for reform from government officials.

The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, pledged to relocate correctional centres to more conducive environments, addressing overcrowding and security challenges. Tunji-Ojo’s remarks came during a visit to the Niger custodial centre, where 119 inmates absconded after the facility sustained damage from the storm.

“The overcrowding of our correctional centres is a pressing issue,” Tunji-Ojo emphasized, highlighting the urgent need for improved facilities and security measures. He assured that steps were underway to revamp the correctional system nationwide.

Meanwhile, efforts to apprehend the escapees are underway, with 14 inmates already recaptured by security forces. The NCoS, in collaboration with sister agencies, is deploying recapturing mechanisms and widening the search to neighboring communities.

The incident underscores broader concerns regarding the state of Nigeria’s custodial infrastructure, much of which dates back to the colonial era. Samson Duza, spokesperson for the Federal Capital Territory command of the NCoS, acknowledged the need for modernization and revealed plans for new ultra-modern custodial centres across the country.

As the manhunt continues, security officials are ramping up efforts to prevent further breaches and ensure the safety of communities. With recapture operations ongoing and plans for infrastructure improvements in motion, the focus remains on restoring order and preventing future incidents in Nigeria’s correctional centre.

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