- All escaped inmates in Benin have been ordered to return by the state's leader, Godwin Obaseki
- The governor said the protest that led to the release of the criminals was not in the spirit of EndSARS
- According to Obaseki, the government will not sit and watch while criminal elements take over the state
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has issued an ultimatum to inmates who escaped from Benin Custodial Centre and the Oko Maximum Security Correctional Centre.
The governor asked them to return to prison before Friday, October 23.
Obaseki gave the ultimatum while inspecting the correctional centres and the police facilities destroyed by hoodlums in Benin.
According to him, the destruction carried out in the state was never in the spirit of EndSARS but an act carried out by criminal elements.
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He said the destruction of government property is sheer criminality. He added that the government cannot fold its arms and allow the breakdown of law and order.
The Edo governor said those who do not return after Friday night will be adequately punished because they have all their records.
However, Babayo Maisanda, controller of correctional centres in Edo, announced that 163 inmates who escaped from prison following a recent jailbreak have been successfully recaptured.
Speaking on the incident which marred the peaceful EndSARS protest in the state, Maisanda stated that a total number of fleeing escapees still at large stands at 1,818.
According to him, 10 officers sustained various degrees of injuries during the invasion and are currently receiving treatments at various hospitals in Benin.
Meanwhile, the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the prompt withdrawal of policemen attached to top people and celebrities across the country.
Amid EndSARS protests, IGP Adamu withdraws police escort from VIPs, celebrities (here are those exempted)
Legit.ng gathered that this disclosure was made on Wednesday, October 21, amid ongoing contention trailing the shooting of EndSARS protesters in Lekki axis of Lagos state by the security operatives.
The IGP emphasised that the directive is with immediate effect, adding that “any commander who violates this order will bear the consequences.”
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