12 Apr Ghana Immigration Service raises alert on 1800 prisoner escapees in Nigeria
12 April 2021
The Controller General of the Ghana Immigration Service has directed regional commanders to be on the alert across the country’s borders following the massive prison break in Nigeria.
Laud Affrifah in a statement expressed alarm at the possibility that some 1,800 convicts who escaped from the Owerri Custodial Centre in Nigeria may seek to cross into Ghana to avert recapture.
As such, DCG Affrifah said commanders should increase their visibilities especially on unapproved route and be on the lookout for the convicts.
Nigerian officials have launched a massive international manhunt for the 1,800 convicts who escaped from prison.
According to the associated press, this is one of the largest jail break in Nigerian history.
The inmates are said to have escaped after heavily armed men attacked he facility in the early hours of April 6, 2020.
The attackers used explosives to make their way into the Owerri Custodial Centre before starting a gun battle with prison guards, the National Correction Authority announced.
Head of Public Relations Affairs at the GIS, Michael Amoako Atta told JoyNews it is engaging with Nigerian security agencies to gain more details on the prisoners.
“We have a very good working relationship with Nigerian Immigration Service so yes, there has been some series of engagement.”