The Osun Police Command, on Sunday said 13 of the inmates who escaped from Abologo Correctional Centre in Oyo, on Friday, have been re-arrested in Ejigbo, Osun.
This was disclosed by SP Yemisi Opalola, Osun Police Spokesperson.
Opalola confirmed the development to newsmen; adding that the inmates were arrested on Saturday night. Further, she disclosed that they would soon be transferred to the Police State Criminal Investigation Department.
“God has helped the Command to re-arrest 13 escaped prisoners from Abologo Correctional Center Oyo, Oyo State.’’
Reports indicate that the inmates were wandering in the town on Saturday when policemen on patrol arrested them.
Earlier, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola had promised that all escaped inmates from the Oyo correctional facility would be re-arrested. He spoke during his visit to the correctional facility.
Aregbesola equally said 446 of the 907 escapees from the correctional centre had been recaptured; whilst 69 never left the facility, adding that 392 inmates are still at large.
In other news, the Police Command in Ebonyi on Sunday repelled an attack by suspected gunmen on its divisional headquarters in Unwana, Afikpo North Local Government area of the state.
This was disclosed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Loveth Odah.
Odah made this known in a statement in Abakaliki. The PPRO said the police also killed one of the gunmen and recovered two AK-47 rifles; as well as other incriminating items when the hoodlums attacked the station on Sunday.
“At 0300hrs of today, 24th October, 2021; yet-to-be identified gunmen numbering about 35 attacked Unwana Divisional Headquarters in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
“The attackers were shooting sporadically at the policemen on duty, who immediately repelled the attack.
“In the gun battle that ensued, one of the hoodlums was killed…Two AK 47 rifles and other incriminating items were recovered. Other suspects escaped with bullet wounds. Regrettably, one police inspector attached to the division was seriously wounded. The police operational vehicles are intact.
“Investigation revealed that the deceased suspect had been on the police wanted list for various attacks on police stations.
“One of the recovered AK-47 rifles has been identified to be the rifle stolen from Ohaukwu Police Division early this month.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Ebonyi, State Command, Mr Aliyu Garba, has embarked on on-the-spot assessment of the division and also ordered a manhunt on the fleeing hoodlums.
“The CP appeals to the law-abiding citizens of the state to promptly volunteer useful information to unravel the true identity of the fleeing gang members,” she stated.