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Ensure recapture of escaped Nigerian inmates – Toobu to Akufo-Addo

A retired police officer, Peter Lanchene Toobu has charged President Nana Akufo-Addo to lead operations to recapture Nigerian inmates who flee from the Owerri Prison last week.

Lanchene Toobu, who was a former Executive Secretary to the immediate-past Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante Apeatu, said the situation is a regional problem, and the president in the capacity of the chairman of the Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) should mobilize security agencies to re-arrest the inmates before tensions escalate.

“They will not go to Chad, Cameroun; the weather is too hot over there. Benin and Togo are a walking distance for them when they arrive in the neighbouring countries they will head to Ghana. Most of their relatives and friends live in Ghana. The best place they’ll locate is Ghana. No one seeks rescue in a hotter country, they prefer a cooler and peaceful country where no one will associate them with violence and that makes Ghana the perfect destination. And we must all be conscious,” the Wa West Constituency lawmaker told Kwaku Owusu Adjei in a phone interview.

“He is the chairman of ECOWAS. This is a regional problem. If Nigeria is in crisis it is an ECOWAS problem because its population is large. Any crisis in Lagos or Abuja is an ECOWAS problem. What has happened in Nigeria has turned into an ECOWAS problem. Sierra Leone and Liberia will be burdened. Same as Ghana. Benin and Togo will equally face the consequences. It is a West Africa problem. If it is a West Africa problem and we have ECOWAS chairman in Ghana who’s the president, then, he together with security agencies and West Africa security should team up and search for the 1,800 inmates. If the runaway inmates cause mayhem we all in Africa will be affected, so, we must team up and find a way to re-arrest the inmates,” Toobu said on Original 91.9FM’s Adwenekasa programme Tuesday.

More than 1,800 inmates have escaped from a prison in Nigeria after it was attacked by gunmen.

The attackers reportedly entered the prison yard in the south-eastern town of Owerri by using explosives to blast the administrative block.

Six prisoners have reportedly returned, while 35 refused to escape.

Police have accused the banned separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, of carrying out the attack. It has reportedly denied involvement.

The Nigerian Correctional Service has confirmed that 1,844 inmates escaped from the jail in Imo state.

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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