- NCoS has revealed how jail was broken in Edo by some hoodlums
- The incident happened on Monday, October 19, as some people took to the streets to protest against the formation of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
- AC Njoku, the NCoS' spokesperson, said the escaped inmates would be rearrested
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Hours after some hoodlums broke into two prisons in Oko and Benin, the capital of Edo state, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), has confirmed the ugly incident.
Premium Times reports that this was disclosed in a statement by the NCoS' spokesperson, AC Njoku.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the investigations have begun at NCoS to search for the escaped inmates.
It was reported that the hoodlums, numbering over 100, broke open one of the cells and freed several inmates in the process.
Several persons also sustained gunshot injuries as an armed squad of prison officials engaged the suspected hoodlums in a gun duel.
The statement read:
“Custodial centres were attacked this morning by suspected protesters under the #ENDSARS protests in Benin and Oko in Benin."
The NCoS condemned the protesters for their non-peaceful, and violent destructive actions, adding that the exact figures of escapees and casualties were yet to be confirmed and would be communicated after preliminary investigations.
“Efforts are underway to arrest the situation and return normalcy back to the centres. The armed squad personnel of the service is working tirelessly to bring the situation under control."
The online medium, however, noted that a journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, said the jailbreak in Benin was stage-managed by unknown persons.
“This was stage-managed, who did this I cannot tell you, because these people are smart. It’s not possible without the collusion of the insiders without proper ammunition.
“Hoodlums that are not well stocked in terms of ammunition cannot from outside launch a jail break of that magnitude.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that several inmates were freed as some suspected hoodlums broke into the Benin prison popularly called White House during the ongoing EndSARS protest in the state.
It was reported that an armed squad of prison officials engaged the suspected hoodlums in gunfire. This was reported to have resulted in some persons sustaining injuries.
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