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The Federal Government has disclosed that at least 1,993 inmates have escaped following the attack on two Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Custodial Centres in Benin, Edo State.

The Director of Press and Public Relations at the Federal Ministry of Interior, Mr Mohammed Manga made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday.

He explained that the 1,993 missing inmates escaped from the correctional facilities in Benin City and Oko.

Manga said the attackers freed the inmates who are in legal custody and looted the centres, including the weapons in their armoury.

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“They came in large number, bearing dangerous weapons and attacked the officers on guard duty. They were unmistakable on their mission, which was to force the cells open, free the inmates and carry out other nefarious activities,” he said in the statement.

He added, “This is to assure Nigerians, especially Edo State residents, that in conjunction with other security agencies, we have commenced the tracking and apprehension of all the escaped inmates before they do any harm.

“Anyone who notices any person or persons that might have escaped from the custodial centres should, as a patriotic duty, inform the nearest security agency.”

He added that the government has commenced an investigation into the jailbreak to determine the full impact of the attack.

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