24th October, 2021
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has vowed that all prison escapees in Oyo state, will be recaptured.
Inmates of the Abolongo Custodial Centre of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Oyo State, absconded on Friday night.
Aregbesola gave the assurance during an inspection visit to the facility on Sunday morning.
In a copy of the speech delivered during the visitation, the minister claimed that attacks on prisons in the country were premeditated and meant to ridicule the government.
He lamented that jailbreaks and attacks on prisons worsened after the #EndSARS protest in the country.
“External attacks on custodial facilities were a rarity hitherto. What was common, and for which our system had been well primed, was an internal breach.
“But beginning with the spontaneous #EndSARS protests of last year which dovetailed into massive riots, there have been consistent attacks on our facilities in Owerri, Benin, Kabba, and now Oyo.
“This is not just some random happenings. These are premeditated, planned and coordinated attacks meant to make Nigeria unsafe and ridicule the government.
“I’m assuring Nigerians that the Federal Government will pursue not just those who attacked our facility, but those who have escaped lawful custody.