Thirteen inmates break out of Kogi prison, five recaptured

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Eight prisoners are still on the loose following a jail break in Kogi State, while five other escapees have been recaptured, the Head of Prisons Service said on Sunday.

Ja’afaru Ahmed, the Controller-General of Prisons, said in a statement that the incident happened on Saturday at Koton Karfe prison in Kogi state.

“Five pre-trial detainees out of the escapees had been recaptured with the assistance of other security agencies and local vigilante groups,” he said.

Ahmed said an inquiry has been launched into the incident.

Jail breaks are common in Nigeria due to underfunding and overcrowding of the prisons.

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