Lawyers and relatives of the inmates released by gunmen from the Owerri Correctional Centre on Monday have sent the inmates back to the correctional center.

Recall that some gunmen invaded the Imo State police command headquarters and the Nigerian Correctional Service in Owerri and released 1,844 prisoners.

However, reports have it that about 85 inmates have voluntarily returned to the prison, adding that some of their relatives chased them back to the security facility.

The gunmen also unleashed terror on a military base at Ukwuorji on the Owerri-Onitsha Expressway as they burnt a soldier and 50 vehicles.

Providing updates on the issue, the National Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Correctional Service disclosed that 85 inmates have willingly returned to the Correctional Center.

However, none of the chronic criminals, especially those sentenced to death and life imprisonments have not returned to the facility.

Speaking anonymously, a source at the Centre said, “We now have about 85 inmates as our custody this Wednesday afternoon. We are hopeful that more inmates would return. However, the number has not been made public but I can confirm that as of this afternoon we now have about 85 inmates.

“While some returned on their own accord, others were brought by their lawyers and family members. We are very hopeful that more inmates will come back on their own. This is just a reformative centre and we hope that those of them who have turned new leaf will come back on their own.”


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