By John Akinfehinwa
The Kogi State Government on Monday said one of the inmates who escaped from the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kabba has been arrested after he was caught vandalizing a transformer belonging to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
The inmate’s name was not mentioned. It said the suspect was arrested on Sunday evening, 26th September 2021.
The State Security Adviser, Commodore Jerry Omodare, disclosed this at a peace camp organized by Actionaid Nigeria in collaboration with Participation Initiative For Behavioral Change in Development (PIBCID).
DAILY POST recalls that unknown gunmen had stormed the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kabba and freed over 200 prison inmates, killing some security personnel on guard.
Omodara said the arrested inmate now makes it 132 freeing inmates that have been received back to the centre.
He noted that the focus of the present administration will not change in terms of providing adequate security for the people of Kogi State.
“Immediately we noticed little changes and attack in the last three weeks, we doubled our efforts, rejigged our security architecture, and today I can assure you that we are getting it right again. The attack on a correctional centre in Kabba, as of this morning, we have received 132 inmates back into the correctional centre.
“We are getting it right because the focus has been to ensure that Kogi is safe. Security is a work in progress and we cannot say we have finished with it. Even in the United States you still see attacks, here and there.
“The fleeing inmate who was caught in Kabba vandalizing transformer is back to the detention centre. The place is better fortified now. He went to vandalize the AEDC transformer alongside one other suspect. He was arrested.
“We discovered that a lot of transformers is being vandalized around the Kabba area. During our security meeting, we mounted surveillance, and that success was recorded yesterday. It has shown that it is in the blood. These criminals will not change. He was among the inmates that ran out of our correctional centre. He went back to society to commit more crimes. Again, he has met his waterloo” Omodara explained.
The State Security Adviser, however, called on the judiciary to ensure speedy trials of all the suspects in custody.
“If we have a speedy trial of these people, we won’t have a large number being sent out of our Custodial Centre” he added.