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Niger prison break: 149 inmates still at large, says prison boss

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The Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) has disclosed that about 149 inmates that escaped at the Minna prisons a fourth night ago, are still on the run.

According to the spokesman of the Nigeria Prison Service, Francis Enobore,who revealed this on Wednesday, 61 of those that escaped have been recaptured.

He told The Nation that “we are walking round the clock to recapture the remaining inmates but as at today six more escapees have been recaptured. In total they are now 61 out of the initial 210.

“A lot of development is ongoing in the prison service which will enable us further solve the issue of jailbreaks among other things.

“The Federal Government has realized the important role the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), is doing in keeping offenders out of circulation so that social economic activities can be going on smoothly.

“Our budgetary allocations have increased. If you see the infrastructure going on now in different prison locations across the country they are modest type of prison.

“There is a proposal now to have a three thousand capacity prison. One in each of the six geo-political zones across the country. That of North-West have started and some of them have reached 50 percentcompletion.

“We are going to have court, school, outdoor and indoor training and vocational section among other facilities. It will be a standard prison.”