The Minister of Interior, Bunmi Tunji-Ojo has said the president, Bola Tinubu, has issued a marching order that all fleeing inmates across the country should be recaptured.
Between 2021 and 2022, there were at least seven attacks on custodial centres across the country where a large number of inmates escaped from the centres.
The seven attacked custodial centres are; Kuje, Kogi, Jos, Abologo, Owerri, Okitipupa, and Oko prisons.
To date, about 4000 inmates are still at large.
Addressing journalists after the inspection of the facilities at the Nigerian Immigration Service and Nigerian Correctional Service on Wednesday, Tunji-Ojo said the service would work hard to ensure the order given by the president on fleeing inmates is followed to the letter.
He also said the Nigerian Correctional Service would work in collaboration with the security agencies in the country to recapture them.
“The president has given us a matching order and it involves recapturing the fleeing inmates. We will work with other security agencies to achieve this. We will work round the clock so that they are back from wherever they are. We will ensure that the ones inside do not go out.”
He also said acts of sabotage would not be tolerated from correctional officers.