From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
No fewer than 228 prisoners have reportedly escaped from the Medium Federal Correctional Centre located in Koton Karfe, Kogi State.
Our Correspondent gathered that, heavy downpour on Monday morning in Koton-Karfi, aided the escape of the prisoners after the collapse of some parts of the Federal medium prison building while many houses were submerged by the flood in the community.
It was reliably gathered that the rain started at about 2 am on Monday, which created havoc leading to the destruction of some parts of the prison building, which gave way for the inmates to escape.
When our correspondent visited the community on Monday, some of the people, who spoke with our reporter, said the rain was very heavy and it fell for several hours.
According them it was due to the heavy downpour that caused the flood, which affected many houses and the prison building.
The Acting Chief Imam of Koton-Karfe, Karfe Central Mosque, Saidu Suleiman Nuhu, who also spoke with our reporter, said river Osugu over flooded its bank and destroyed so many houses including the prison, which led to the escape of some inmates.
However, effort to speak with Prison officers, who visited the scene proved abortive as everywhere was flooded but source close to the Prison service disclosed that about 228 of the inmates who escaped only 100 have been rearrested by the security agents.
The source added that the Deputy Controller General of Correctional Service, Ahmed Jafaru had visited the place saying government will put everything in place to re-arrest some inmates who are still at large.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 129 out of the 226 Prisoners that escaped from Koto/Karfe Correctional Services on Monday have been arrested and now in the custody of prison officials.
This was disclosed by the Kogi State Deputy Governor, Chief Edward Onoja, when he paid a visit to the Koton Karfe Correctional Services for an on the spot assessment of the level of damage, following the over flooding of the river Niger that wreck havoc at the prison yard.
The Deputy Governor said the state government would provide short term palliative while looking forward to long term measures to forestall future occurrence.
Chief Onoja assured of preliminary relief measures by the Kogi state Government before the Federal Government intervenes, described Koton Karfe as one of the worst hit amongst the nine flood prune Local Government Areas in the state.
The Deputy governor used the visit to appeal to people living in flood prune areas to move to higher ground, lamented the loss, revealed that steps have been taken by the State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omadara (rtd), working in synergy with other security agencies to arrest all the inmates who have escaped.
Chief Onoja, commended and acknowledged the efforts of the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command and other sister security agencies, disclosed that of the 226 inmates in the facility that escaped, 129 are back to the custody of the Correctional Services whilst adequate plans he explained have been activated, assuring that the 97 others at large would be found and brought back under custody.
He further reiterated the seriousness the state Government attaches to in the state said since coming on board, the governor has made security of lives and property his priority.