Six of the 1,844 inmates who escaped from the Owerri Custody Center in Imo state have returned voluntarily, according to a spokesman for the Nigerian Correctional Service.
Thirty-five others chose not to escape during the attack, authorities said.
The Nigerian Police have blamed the outlawed secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its paramilitary wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) for the attack.
“The attackers’ attempt to gain access to the police arsenal at headquarters was fully and adequately resisted by the Nigerian Police Force,” the force said in a statement on Monday, adding that no lives were lost in the incident.
Buhari also ordered the country’s law enforcement agencies to detain fleeing prisoners and arrest perpetrators who “are believed to be deadly criminals,” the president said.
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the separatist group IPOB, has denied the organization’s involvement in the attacks.
He told CNN: “We have nothing to do with what happened in Owerri, Imo State. Having said that, we acknowledge and acknowledge the anger, resentment and sense of injustice felt by many people, especially young people,” he said. saying.
“So what is happening now is that people are trying to avenge the death of their loved ones at the hands of the Nigerian security services. I think some people took it upon themselves to say ‘enough is enough, they are just inviting anarchy, Kanu added.
The Buhari regime has continued to clamp down on IPOB activities, fearing that an escalation of secessionism, particularly in the group’s strongholds in eastern Nigeria, could spark another civil war between Nigeria and Biafra.
It led to a bitter civil war from 1967 to 1970 and more than a million people starved to death after the war.