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9 suspected Nigerian jailbreakers arrested in Ghana

Nine persons suspected to be Nigerian jailbreakers have been arrested in Ada within the Dangme East District of Ghana’s Greater Accra Region.

The police command, which confirmed the arrest, said it received information that the fugitives were using the Volta river as an escape route to Foah, a suburb of Ada, in Neighbouring Ghana.

According to the police, there was a vehicle waiting to convey the suspected jailbreakers to Accra.

But the suspects’ luck ran out after the police swooped on them following a tip-off, Ghanaweb reports.

Some 1,800 inmates escaped during a prison break in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The incident, believed to be the biggest jailbreak in Nigerian history, happened when gunmen used explosives to blast open the gates and other parts of the Owerri correctional facility.

Prison authorities said 1,844 inmates escaped, though a ew returned voluntarily.

The Nigerian police authorities blamed the attack on the secessionist group known as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their militant wing the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

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