- About 163 fugitive convicts who escaped during a controversial prison break in Edo have been successfully recaptured
- Controller of correctional centres in the state made this disclosure, adding that 1,818 inmates are still on the run
- Babayo Maisanda also stated that 10 officers sustained various injuries after being overpowered by the suspected hoodlums
Babayo Maisanda, the controller of correctional centres in Edo, has 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, however, 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.
EndSARS: Southeast governor imposes 24-hour curfew as violence erupts, security agents, govt properties attacked
Maisanda added that facilities of the correctional centres were destroyed as thugs laid siege for more than "six hours."
Legit.ng recalls that Edo state was thrown into bedlam on Monday, October 19, as suspected hoodlums who hijacked the EndSARS protest invaded two correctional centres and set hundreds of inmates free.
An armed squad of prison officials were said to have engaged the suspected hoodlums in gunfire but were overpowered due to the number of the thugs.
The Ugbekun police station in Benin, the state capital, was also set ablaze by the thugs who went haywire in their desperation to create pandemonium.
24-hour curfew declared
The development forced the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led Edo government to announce a 24-hour curfew across the state on Monday from 4 pm until further notice.
The statement signed by Osarodion Ogie Esq, the secretary to the state government, stated the 24-hour curfew was imposed because of the disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums pretending to be #EndSARS protesters.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the prompt withdrawal of policemen attached to top people and celebrities across the country.
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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