10 suspects escape from police custody in Edo state

10 suspects escape from police custody in Edo state

- The Edo state police command has reacted to viral reports of a cell break incident in Benin city

- About 10 suspected criminals were confirmed to gone ben missing from the police detention

- SP Chidi Nwabuzor, the police command spokesperson confirming the inmates escape noted that two suspects have been rearrested

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The escape of 10 suspected criminals from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Edo state police command headquarters in Benin City has left residents in the state confused.

The suspects who were being held in custody over alleged armed robbery, murder, and cultism, escaped on January 1, at about 11:45 pm, according to Daily Trust.

Officers who were on duty at the station during the escape have been arrested for interrogation by the police.

10 suspects escape from police custody in Edo state
10 suspected criminals have escaped from police custody. Photo credit: @ngpolice
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In another report by Vanguard, the command police public relations officer SP Chidi Nwabuzor confirmed the incident in a statement.

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Nwabuzor speaking on the event, dispelled rumours that has been making the rounds that hundreds of armed robbery and kidnapping suspects had escaped.

According to him, two of the escapees have already been rearrested while a hunt for the remaining eight escapees has been intensified.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) said it arrested 35 suspects over their alleged involvement in sundry crimes including kidnapping and armed robbery across the country.

In a statement released on Tuesday, December 1, by the force, the suspects - 34 male and 1 female - were apprehended by the operatives of the FIB - Intelligence Response Team (IRT) in Kaduna state.

Police said part of the arrested is a syndicate of a five-man gang who escaped from the Benin City Correctional Centre during the EndSARS protests.

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In a related development, four senior officers have been dismissed from the NPF over various forms of serious misconduct.

This was revealed in a statement by Ikechukwu Ani, head, press, and public relations of the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Ani explained that the decision was taken by the PSC at the 10th plenary meeting on Friday, December 18, presided over by its chairman, a retired Inspector General of Police (IGP) Musiliu Smith.

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