The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has been reported to have said fugitives who fled from the Owerri Custodial Centre in Imo State, will be pardoned by the Federal Government.
Aregbesola gave the assurance while inspecting the facility in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Tuesday.
He said that while unlawful escape from custody is a felony, willful returnees would be excluded from prosecution.
The Minister stated that those responsible for the attack would be prosecuted.
Aregbesola stated that the Federal Government would go to any extent to apprehend the perpetrators of what he called a “despicable act.”
“Unlawful escape from custody is a crime but government in its magnanimity will grant amnesty to prisoners who willfully return.
“They will no longer be charged with 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,” he said.
According to the Dupty Controller Correctional Service in charge of the Owerri Custodial Centre, Seye Oduntan, 36 inmates were reported to have stayed back after the attack,
Meanwhile, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been blamed by the police for the prison break and assault on the state’s police command headquarters.