Delay in military deployment cause Edo jail break — Obaseki issues 48hrs ultimatum to fleeing inmates

Delay in military deployment cause Edo jail break — Obaseki issues 48hrs ultimatum to fleeing inmates

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Edo State government has blamed the delay by President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy Nigerian military to back up the Armed squad of the Medium Correctional Centres in Benin City, leading to jail break and release of several inmates.

EDO STATE GOVERNOR, GODWIN OBASEKI BEING ON A GUIDED TOUR WITH DEPUTY CONTROLLER OF NIGERIAN CORRECTION CENTRE, BENIN CUSTODIAL CENTRE, MR. ANDREW EGBEOBA-UWAYE

He said this on Wednesday during on the-spot assessment and inspection of fatal attack on two facilities by suspected hoodlums in the guise of #End SARS protesters against police brutality on Monday.

Governor Obaseki issued ultimatum to 1818 other fleeing from Medium Security Correctional Centre (Oko) and Benin Custodial Centre, Sapele road in Benin City, to either return before the close of work on Friday October 23, 2020 or incur the wrath of the law.

MILITARY PERSONNEL INSPECTING A BROKEN WALL AT OKO CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector-General of police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Adamu and residents of the State for helping to maintain law and order.

“If they come in and go to the Nigeria police Force, Sapele road to check in, nothing will be done to them. However, those who do not report back after Friday night, we have all their records and all their biometrics and we will go after them and ensure that they come back, else, appropriate actions will be melted against them.

“We are also fortunate that the Commander-In-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari who allowed the military to join and support police in stabilizing the situation in Edo and bring in sanity.

“Let me reiterates that our Government support that individuals and Citizens should have the rights to express themselves legitimately to protest. We have nothing against the End SARS protest. What we have problem with is hooliganism and share brigandage. And that, we will not accept or tolerate in Edo State.

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“We know that some of the inmates may have been released as they have planned, and others just use the opportunity to escape. We are used ng this opportunity to appeal to all inmates in our Correctional Centres who have escaped to come back on their own before the close of business in Friday this week”, he said.

According to him, “The point here is that the Federal government was not willing to deploy the military initially, so that is why the Correctional services could not get back up to stop the attack on its facilities”.

“If they come in and go to the Nigeria police Force, Sapele road to check in, nothing will be done to them. However, those who do not report back after Friday night, we have all their records and all their biometrics and we will go after them and ensure that they come back, else, appropriate actions will be melted against them.

Obaseki who condemned the violent protest, described the incident as share criminality and brigandage, clarifying that he is not against lawful and peaceful protest.

“We condemn the act. Even the End SARS protesters will join us in condemning this dastardly act. Government cannot sit down, fold its arms and allow breakdown of laws and order in our society because everybody will be affected”, he said.

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On his part, the the Controller of Correctional Service, Edo State Command, Mr. Babayo Maisanda, told newsmen that their guards were overpowered by over 200 hoodlums who invaded the facilities.

He said they called sister security agencies to intervene before the hoodlums invaded the facilities.

“Our total capacity was 665 before the jail break.

“Actually it is not a question of inability, but, a question of the intent of the criminals. They came in thousands and. So, they overwhelmed our security men. So, that was what happened.

“Of course, we reinforced our armed men to be on stand bye. We informed our Army stand bye. We also informed other security agencies to come to our aid, but unfortunately, we were not able to see any of our securing agencies. So, we were overwhelmed by the hoodlums.

“Yes, we have recovered about five inmates from Oko prisons while we have one here at Benin Correctional Custodial Centre on Sapele road. So, all together we have six returnees”, he said.

According to Mr Babayo Maisanda, said a total of 163 inmates have either been recaptured or secured of of 1818 inmates in the two facilities that were attacked.

Giving a further breakdown, tye Controller said the Medium Security Correctional Centre in Oko, currently has 182 inmates with 28 of them from Farm Centre, while the MSCC, Sapele Road has 15 inmates.

He also used for urgent need to further secure and enhance repairs to the damaged facilities to secure the inmates already captured.

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He said, “It is pertinent to note that all efforts of securing our facilities for over six hours of the siege were solely by the men and officers of the correctional service.

“Currently, 10 officers who sustained various degrees of life-threatening injury are receiving treatments at various hospitals in Benin City”.

He further expressed appreciation for the concern shown by the governor, Mr Obaseki, and called for his assistance and support in this period to keep the prison system operational.

Also, Mr Okoye, a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, said the police was doing its best to arrest some of the hoodlums that attacked the police facilities and the NCoS.

BURNT PHARMACY DEPARTMENT UNIT AT NIGERIAN CORRECTIONAL CENTRE IN OKO

He said, “Some arrests have made, we will still get them, adding that the hoodlums had tried to enter the police Command headquarters in Benin.

Okoye stated that the hoodlums were repelled by security operatives.

“We are doing our best. We will get them, just calm down”, he said.

Our Correspondent reports that Mr. West Amayo and Mr. Andrew Egbobauwaye, Deputy Controller of Correctional Service in charge of Benin and Oko Medium Custodial Centres led the Governor around the facilities.

At Oko Medium Custodial Centre, Pavilion, Records and Medical and Isolation department which was burnt down by the hoodlums.

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