Edo State Police Command has re-arrested 10 inmates who escaped of Benin Medium Correctional Centre and Oko Medium Correctional Centre in Benin.
KanyiDaily had reported how 1,993 inmates fled two different prisons in Edo during the crisis that trailed the #EndSARS protest which was hijacked by hoodlums.
Ten escapee inmates have been re-arrested and paraded along with 116 suspected criminals, arsonists and looters of COVID-19 palliatives at the state’s police headquarters in Government Reservation Area (GRA) in Benin.
The re-arrested male escapees are Emmanuel Udoh, Friday Etim, Victor Akpotor, Lucky Precious, Osarumen Enoragbon, Patrick Eguavoen, Abraham Matthew, Endurance Ifobuow, Mohammed Adamu and Henry Atadi.
Six of the escapees were re-arrested for alleged armed robbery, few days after escaping from the prison, while one was arrested for attempting to kill the prosecution witnesses who earlier testified against him in Court.
While parading 126 suspected criminals on Wednesday, Babatunde Kokumo, Edo commissioner of police, said the inmates immediately returned to crime and were re-arrested by the police.
“We have commenced actions against the criminal elements. It will interest you to know that 10 of the criminal elements who escaped from Oko Correctional Centre on Airport Road, Benin and the Correctional Centre on Sapele Road, Benin were also arrested,” he said.
“One of them, after having escaped from Oko correctional centre, ran back to his village on the same day, to kill the person who stood as a prosecution witness in the case that took him to the correctional centre. He has been arrested and he is among the suspects.
“Another group of three escapees from the correctional centre in Benin also went ahead to snatch a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Three of them met at the correctional centre and they were caught by the police.
“A set of two escapees equally stole a Toyota Camry car. They also met at the correctional centre. They were arrested by Okada Division of Edo State Police Command.
“We have a total of ten escapees. The guns were also recovered from the criminal elements.”
He assured the people of the state that the police “have the capacity to provide adequate security for their lives and property”
”We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that there is total safety. Edo residents should go about their lawful businesses without fear of being molested and without fear of criminals coming to wreck violent attacks,” he said.
The commissioner also said five AK-47 rifles; two locally-made exhibit guns; one locally-made gun; one Lexus 330 SUV with registration number KWL 205 AZ; one Toyota Camry saloon car with registration number LSD 231 GD; two bags of 50kg and one bag of 25kg rice and 24 crates of assorted drinks were recovered.
KanyiDaily recalls that Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki had given the fleeing inmates up till Friday, to return voluntarily to their prison or face the wrath of the law.