It was reported that 36 of the 1,844 prisoners who escaped in an attack on a prison on April 5 in Imo state in the south of Nigeria surrendered.
Oweri Prison Spokesperson James Maduba stated in a statement that 36 of the 1,844 prisoners who escaped in the attack organized by gunmen on the prison in Owerri, the capital of Imo state on 5 April, surrendered.
Maduba stated that efforts are underway to capture other prisoners who have escaped.
Nigerian Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola said prisoners who had fled would not be punished for escaping if they surrendered.
THOUSAND 844 PRISONERS HAVE FIRED
In the attack on the prison in Owerri, the capital of the Imo state, on April 5, 1844 prisoners escaped and 50 vehicles were set on fire.
In the attack, 35 prisoners refused to escape, and 6 fugitives voluntarily returned.
Such attacks are occasionally carried out by the separatist Biafra Indigenous Peoples (IPOB) in southern Nigeria.
In the operations carried out in the South region on 29 March, 16 IPOB members were captured with guns and bombs.
Millions lost their lives in the civil war that broke out in 1967, when the people of Biafra revolted to demand the establishment of the independent state of Biafra in southern Nigeria.
The Republic of Biafra, which was established in the southeast of the country in 1967, was again under Nigeria’s sovereignty at the end of the civil war.
The IPOB, declared as a terrorist organization by the Nigerian state, wants to establish an independent state.