Prison Break Update: 35 Prisoners Refused To Escape, 6 Others Voluntarily Returned

In a fresh update to the viral story published by, it has emerged that during the infamous prison break masterminded by unknown gunmen, a few of the inmates refused to leave whilst six other convicts have returned. 

Recall that in a publication filed by Ghbase, it was reported that some prisoners escaped after their prison was set on fire by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, the attackers struck the prison and police department shortly after midnight, freeing a yet-unconfirmed number of inmates and suspects.

There was heavy gunfire as security operatives reportedly engage the attackers in a gun battle. It’s unclear what transpired but social media accounts suggest thousands of inmates might have escaped.

In this new development, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) public relations officer, Francis Enobore, has said a total of 1,844 inmates fleed during the attack. “The Owerri Custodial Centre in Imo State has been attacked by unknown gunmen and forcefully released a total of 1,844 inmates in custody.

The attackers who stormed the facility at about 0215hrs on Monday, April 5, 2021, gained entrance into the yard by using explosives to blast the administrative block.

They were said to have arrived at the centre in their large number in several Hilux pick-up vans and Sienna buses armed with sophisticated weapons and immediately engaged the security personnel on duty in a fierce gun battle. They eventually detonated the explosive to gain entrance.

The Acting Controller-General of Corrections, John Mrabure has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the incident and in collaboration with other security organizations, commenced a search and recovery operations to recapture the fleeing inmates,” the statement reads in part.

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