EBOJELE AKHERE PATRICK, Benin
A prisoner who on Monday escaped from the custody of a warder of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) in Edo has been found by the authority.
Confirming the incidence to newsmen in Benin, the state Controller of the NPS, Mr. Affiong Etowa said the escaped inmate was found late afternoon of Monday by officers of the NPS around Mission Road area of the capital City.
He said the inmate was due for discharge in early August and was working on government farm when he slipped off the warder supervising him.
“But my men where up to the task as they quickly mobilised in search of him and was eventually located in a market around Mission Road.
He said as part of the punishment, the escaped prisoner would forfeit the remission of his sentence.
The controller said in addition, the inmate would be taking back to court to be sentenced again for attempting to escape.
Etowa said it was normal for inmate to be taking to to work, especially when the time for their discharge draws nearer.
“It is part of their resettlement plan to learn a trade and in the case of this one, he was being taught how to farm.
“We also took him out to start getting integrated to the outside world so that he won’t find it difficult when he is eventually released,” he stated.
Etowa said the farm the inmate was working on when he escaped is owned by the government and close to the state headquarters.
The Prisoner was, among other inmates when he escaped.