"A good number were arrested by police last year for mainly armed robberies, car thefts, break and enter and stealing."
It is the same prison where police shot dead 12 inmates during a jailbreak last year.
Crime and lawlessness in PNG, a sprawling nation where many still live traditional and subsistence lives in remote areas, is rampant.
Wagambie urged family members and associates of the escapees not to harbour them.
"I am warning them that they will be caught. They must do what is good for them and surrender," he said.