1,993 Inmates Escaped From Edo State Prison – Says FG
The Edo State Federal Government has said that, 1993 inmates fled from Benin and Oko prison on Monday during the prison break.
In a statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Interior, Mohammed Manga the break was related to the hoodlums.
He disclosed this in a statement titled ‘Unconscionable attack on custodial facilities,’ accused the #EndSARS protesters in Edo State of masterminding the attack.’
“The custodial centres had come under attack from the suspected hoodlums who freed the inmates and also looted the armoury of a nearby police station, carting away five rifles.
The police said 12 suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident while the stolen rifles had been recovered.
The statement read, “Two NCoS custodial centres in Benin City and Oko in Edo State were attacked yesterday (Monday) by protesters purportedly under the #ENDSARS aegis, freeing (at the last count) 1,993 inmates in legal custody and looting the centres, including the weapons in their armoury.”
“They came in large numbers, bearing dangerous weapons and attacked the officers on guard duty. They were unmistakable on their mission, which was to force the cells open, free the inmates and carry out other nefarious activities,”.
The FG said the situation has been brought under control while security around the custodial centres nationwide had been beefed up.
“Investigation has commenced to determine the full impact of the attack,” He stated.
He further condemned the criminality associated with EndSARS protest by hoodlums as citizens has the legitimate and guaranteed fundamental right to hold a peaceful protest.