Niger Prison Escape: Kwara Police Assures Residents of Safety

Taiwo Niyi

Kwara State Police Command has assured residents of adequate security across the state.

This came following escape of some inmates in neighbouring Niger State.

It will be recalled that 118 inmates escaped from the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Suleja, Niger State on Wednesday following heavy rainstorm that caused damages to a part of the prison facility.

The incident has however raised concern with fears among residents in Niger neighbouring states.

Niger State shares border with Kebbi and Zamfara to the north, Kaduna to the north and northeast, Kogi to the southeast, and Kwara to the south.

However, the Kwara State Police Command in a statement by the spokesperson of the command, DSP. Ejire-Adeyemi Toun, said the command is “on high alert and is working closely with the relevant agencies to ensure the safety and security of our state.”

The statement read, “On the 24th On the 24th of April, 2024, there was a heavy rainstorm that occurred at night and inflicted extensive damage on the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Suleja, Niger State, leading to the escape of 118 inmates. The breach in the perimeter fence caused by the downpour facilitated the escape, as reported by the NPRO for the Nigeria Correctional Service, ACC Abubakar Umar.

In response to this incident, the Nigerian Correctional Service promptly activated its recapturing protocols, and so far, it has successfully recovered 13 of the escaped inmates. Collaborative efforts with other security agencies are ongoing to recapture the 105 fleeing inmates on the run.

As a neighboring state, the Kwara state police are fully aware of the security implications of such incidents. The Commissioner of Police, CP Victor OLAIYA, psc(+), assures that the command is on high alert and is working closely with the relevant agencies to ensure the safety and security of our state.”

“He reassures the public that adequate measures have been put in place to prevent any attempt by the escaped inmates to enter or cause harm within the state. Patrols have been intensified along the border areas, and surveillance has been increased in vulnerable locations.

We urge all citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the nearest security agency. Together, we can maintain peace and security in our communities.

The Kwara State Police Command remains committed to its mandate of protecting lives and property and assures the citizens of its readiness to respond swiftly to any security challenges. The command control room is available 24/7 every day of the week; please call any of the numbers if you notice any suspicious person(s) or movements. The numbers are: 07032069501 or 08125275046.” The statement said

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