Laleye Dipo in Minna
The Niger State Police Command has declared that it is on the trail of the prisoners that escaped from Minna Medium Security Prison last Sunday.
The 180 inmates of the prison escaped during an attack by unknown gunmen on Sunday night.
State Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammed Abubakar, said in a statement made available to journalists in Minna on Tuesday that the force had set all the necessary machinery in motion to ensure that the escaped prisoners are rearrested and brought to justice.
â€œThe police will continue to trail the perpetrators of this unholy act and re-arrest the escapees within shortest time,â€ Abubakar declared.
He, however, called on the public â€œnot to harbour or render any assistance to those who escaped from the prison but should report any of them sighted to the nearest police station or any security formation.
â€œThe police command urges all stakeholders and public spirited Nigerlites to take this as a civic responsibility by arresting them where possible and hand them over to the police,â€ he said.
According to Abubakar, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Paul Yakadi, also solicited the continuous support of â€œthe good people of the state in sharing relevant information with the police and other security agencies in the state to assist in the reduction of crime in the society.â€