KanyiDaily had reported how gunmen stormed Owerri correctional centre on Monday morning, setting the prison on fire and freeing 1,844 inmates.
On Friday, April 9, 2021, the NCS published the names and pictures of 36 inmates still at large on its official Twitter handle.
The tweet read, “Faces of persons who escaped from Owerri Custodial Centre, Imo State. Please note that more photographs of the escapees are on the way and efforts are on to get clear pictures for the blank spaces.”
— Nigerian Correctional Service (@CorrectionsNg) April 9, 2021
As of Thursday, 78 of the escaped persons were said to have been found. while the Police Command in Akwa Ibom State confirmed the arrest of one David Ubong said to be one of the inmates on the run.
The police had accused accused members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Eastern Security Network (ESN) of carrying out the prison attack.
But IPOB denied any involvement in the dastardly act saying “the group was formed on the principle of peace and would not compromise its principles, and would not also attack government facilities”.
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma said aggrieved politicians were behind the attacks to destabilise the APC government, not IPOB members.