Ghana tightens its security measures following the escape of 1,800 prisoners from Oweri Custodial Centre in Imo State, Nigeria. The Ghana Immigration Service issued a communique to all Regional Commanders to stop the escapees from entering the country. The service received intelligence that these 1800 escapees escaped from the Oweri Custodial Centre, Imo State-Nigeria on Monday, 5th April 2021. Due to this, the service sent a strong word of caution to all Regional Commanders to tighten security and ensure that men under their Command must be on high alert.
The service also received intelligence that these 1800 prisoners escaped after heavily armed gunmen attacked their prison using explosives and rocket-propelled grenades on April 5, 2021. So far, no separatist group in West Africa has taken responsibility for the attack. The President of the federal republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has considered the attack to be an “act of terrorism” and compelled all security forces to arrest those responsible for the attack.
Nigerian security is on the search for these fugitives and promises Nigerians of peace and security in the country. Recently, a similar situation occurred in the Kpone-Katamanso municipality of the Greater Accra Region, where some prisoners escaped from jail after pouring hot porridge on the face of one of the security officers on duty. One of the prisoners who escaped, surrendered to the police while 6 of the escapees have been re-arrested.
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