No fewer than 228 inmates have escaped from the Koton Karfe custodial centre in Kogi as heavy floods destroys the perimetre fence and the walls of two cells.
Confirming the incident, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Jafar Ahmed, on Monday said that the flood came at about 3a.m, submerging the perimetre fence and the walls of the cells.
According to Ahmed, there were 228 inmates at the centre as at the time of the incident.
He noted that the prison is not habitable at present, adding that the re-arrested inmates are being transferred to other prison facilities in the state.
The Comptroller General said that details of the incident will be made public later.
Also speaking, the Security Adviser to the state governor, retired Commodore Jerry Omadara confirmed that over 100 of the inmates had been re-arrested.
According to him, some of the inmates returned on their own, some reported themselves at nearby police stations while a combined team of policemen, army, navy and civil defence corps arrested others.
Omodara said that the state government was informed of the incident at about 4a.m. and Gov. Yahaya Bello immediately directed head of security agencies in the state to deploy their personnel to the scene.
He further said that security agents were still combing the bush to re-arrest some of the fleeing inmates, saying that the flood was not making it easy for them to escape.