Delta prison probes murder suspect’s escape

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Security at the Sapele Correction Centre, Delta State, has been beefed up, following the escape of an inmate, Paul Michael.

Michael was detained at the correctional centre following his alleged culpability in the killing of Kelly Onojaiyefe, a furniture apprentice in Oghara town of the Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state.

It was learnt that the accused person escaped mysteriously at the weekend, a day after the new Controller of the State Correction Service, Mr Raymond Neagu, assumed office.

Confirming the escape, the command’s spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Iloba, on Wednesday, said the command was still investigating how the accused escaped, despite tight security at the correction centre.

He said, “The controller is peeved by the development and has immediately launched investigations over the incident.

“The command will not sweep the matter under the carpet as Controller General Zone G had ordered investigations into the escape, to know the remote and immediate cause of the incident.

“The controller has set up an investigative team and he is the chairman of the team under the instructions of Controller General, Zone G and whoever is found culpable will be sanctioned accordingly.”

Iloba said the command had sent out a search team to capture the escapee, saying that there was no cause for alarm.

He noted that the controller had detailed the squadron commander to fortify the correctional centre, pending when the investigation would be completed.

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