The Nigerian Correctional Service has said 25 of the 122 inmates who escaped from the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Koton Karfe, Kogi State, after a section of the centre was overrun by flood following a downpour in the town on Monday have been recaptured.
However, the NCS said 97 of them were still missing.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has ordered the armed forces, police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to recapture the fleeing inmates.
The NCS Controller- General, Ja’afaru Ahmed, who visited the centre for an on-the-spot assessment on Tuesday, said 122 of the 227 inmates took advantage of the situation to escape, but 25 had been rearrested.
According to a statement by the NCS, the CG appealed to the public to provide “useful intelligence that will facilitate swift recapture of the fleeing inmates”.
Ahmed said, “As a result of the flooding of Koton Karfe and its environs, the inmates of the Medium Security Custodial Centre, including those so far recaptured, have been evacuated and no life was lost in the incident”.