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Following the amnesty offer which was made to the escaping inmates, no fewer than 80 of them have voluntarily returned to the Owerri custodial centre of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
Recall that at least 1844 inmates had escaped on Monday when gunmen attacked the centre and freed them on Easter Monday.
The gunmen also attacked the headquarters of the Nigerian Police and set ablaze the office of the Criminal Investigation Department after releasing all the detainees.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, had said inmates, who turn themselves in, would not be tried for jailbreak when he visited the damaged facilities on Tuesday,
It was gathered that about 40 returned on Tuesday, making a total of 82 inmates in custody at the moment.
The Public Relations Officer of the Centre, Mr. Joe Madugba, told our correspondent in an interview that the inmates returned between Tuesday and Wednesday.
He said, ‘We have a total of 82 inmates right now. Remember that we have 36 that refused to escape and six that returned. Presently 40 others have joined them. They might have heeded the advice of the honourable minister to grant them amnesty from the crime of jailbreak.’
He said that the centre is still expecting more of the detainees to return.
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