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A total of 837 inmates waiting for trial ran away from the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Abolongo, Oyo State.
The spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCos) in the state, Olanrewaju Anjorin, confirmed the amount in a statement on Saturday, barely a day after the incident.
He explained that unidentified gunmen attacked the custodial centre around 9:30pm on Friday, adding that some of them have returned.
“A total of 262 of the escapees have been recaptured, leaving 575 still at large,” said Anjorin.
“Following the directives of the Controller-General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa mni, the State Controller, Noel Ailewon, has started a search party and recapture after visiting the scene of the incident.
“He assured that no effort will be spared to recapture the fleeing inmates, even as he solicited for credible intelligence to aid security agencies in tracking down the fugitives.”