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Ghana Raises Alarm Over Escaped Nigerian Prisoners

Ghana Raises Alarm Over Escaped Nigerian Prisoners
  • PublishedApril 12, 2021

Regional commanders of Ghana Immigration Service have been charged to be on alert following what was termed” the massive prison break in Nigeria”.
The Comptroller General of the Ghana Immigration Service gave the directive over the weekend asking his men be on the alert across the country’s borders.

There is a possibility that some 1,800 convicts who escaped from the Owerri Custodial Centre in Nigeria may seek to cross into Ghana to avert recapture, the service said.

The Regional Commanders were directed to increase their visibilities especially on unapproved routes and be on the lookout for the convicts.

Nigerian officials have launched a massive international manhunt for the 1,800 convicts who escaped from prison.

According to the associated press, this is one of the largest jailbreaks in Nigerian history.

The inmates are said to have escaped after heavily armed men attacked the facility in the early hours of April 6, 2020.

The attackers used explosives to make their way into the Owerri Custodial Centre before starting a gun battle with prison guards, the National Correction Authority announced.

Head of Public Relations Affairs at the GIS, Michael Amoako Atta told newsmen that it is engaging with Nigerian security agencies to gain more details on the prisoners.

“We have a very good working relationship with Nigerian Immigration Service so yes, there has been some series of engagement.”

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