‘FG To Pardon Escaped Inmates Of The Imo State Jail Break Who Return Voluntarily’ – Aregbesola Says
In its bid to get all the escaped inmates of the Imo Jail Break that occurred at the correctional center in Owerri, the Federal Government has revealed that any of the escaped inmates who turn themselves in voluntarily will be pardoned.
This was made known by the Federal Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola during a visit to the facility.
It could be recalled that the incident that occurred at the facility had 1,886 inmates fleeing the facility.
The minister also labeled the incident as the worst in the recent history of the country adding that the attackers operated as terrorists.
He then ordered the relocation of Owerri Recreational Club and other structures which he indicated were posing as a security threat to the premises of the Owerri Coorectional Centre.
He expressed regret over the targeting of correctional centres in recent times adding that the federal government would soon roll out adequate measures to protect them.
As he inspected the facility, the Interior Minister said;
“Unlawful escape from custody is a crime but the government in its magnanimity will grant amnesty to prisoners who willfully return.
They will no longer be charged with an unlawful escape but only for the initial crimes that took them to prison. So we urge all escapees to return before they are caught on the run.”