A spokesperson for the Nigeria Correctional Service said that six of the 1,844 prisoners who escaped from the Owerri detention center in Imo State returned voluntarily.
Authorities said 35 people chose not to abscond during the attack.
The Nigerian police force accused the illegal separatist organization, the Orang Asli of Biafra (IPOB) and its paramilitary arm, the Eastern Safety Net (ESN) for the attack.
The Nigerian Police Force said in a statement on Monday: “The attackers’ attempts to enter the headquarters’ police armoury met with complete and appropriate resistance from the Nigerian Police Force.”
The president said Buhari also instructed the country’s law enforcement agencies to arrest fugitives and arrest the perpetrators “believed to be deadly criminals”.
Nnamdi Kanu, the head of the IPOB separatist group, denied that the group was involved in the attack.
He told CNN: “We cannot grasp what happened in Owerri, Imo State. Nevertheless, we do acknowledge and acknowledge the anger, resentment and injustice that many people, especially young people, feel,” he said.
“So what is happening now is that people are trying to avenge the relatives of the deceased in the hands of the Nigerian security services. I believe some people deceive themselves and say,’Enough is enough. Wherever the government allows injustice, they are just causing anarchy. Kanu added.
The Buhari regime continues to suppress IPOB activities, worrying that the escalation of separatism-especially the organization’s stronghold in eastern Nigeria, may trigger another Nigeria-Biafra civil war.
From 1967 to 1970, this war led to a fierce civil war. After the war, more than 1 million people died of starvation.