Over Hundred Inmates Flee Suleja Prison Amidst Torrential Rains

The Suleja Prison near Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, has witnessed the escape of over 100 inmates following a severe weather incident. Torrential rains, which battered the region overnight, have led to the destruction of parts of the facility, including the perimeter fence, enabling a mass breakout.

The downpour, which lasted several hours, compromised the structural integrity of the medium-security prison, resulting in the escape of 118 inmates from the facility. Adamu Duza, a spokesperson for the prison service, confirmed that the rains had given way to the escape.

As of the latest reports, security agencies have successfully recaptured 10 of the escapees, while intensive efforts are underway to locate the remaining fugitives. “In conjunction with sister security agencies [we] have so far recaptured 10 fleeing inmates and taken them into custody, while we are in hot chase to recapture the rest” says the prison authority.

There is a growing concern that the escaped inmates may seek refuge in the expansive forests surrounding Suleja, which are known to harbor criminal elements.

The Suleja Prison, like many others in the country, was constructed during the colonial era and has seen little in the way of modernization or renovation.

The escape has prompted a nationwide alert, with authorities urging the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities. Meanwhile, the prison service has assured the public that they are working closely with other security agencies to ensure the swift recapture of the remaining inmates.

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