OVER 80 prisoners who escaped from the Owerri Custodial Centre have voluntarily returned, TheEconomyng.com learnt on Wednesday.

A source at the Nigerian Correctional Service disclosed that “about 17 of them returned on Tuesday and on Wednesday; we saw more than 20 returning back.  But they are mainly those on awaiting trial, those who have less prison term and those who are about to complete their terms, have returned so far”.

It is also learnt that none of the hardened and condemned inmates (HCI) who escaped has returned.

Gunmen whom the police said were members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had attacked the Correctional facility and freed 1,844 inmates on Monday.

It is expected that with the amnesty announced by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, more of the escapees would return back to the facility to continue their terms.

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