EDO STATE

Over 30 prisoners who escaped from the two Correctional centres at Sapele Road and Oko, Airport Road, Benin City in Edo State , at the weekend returned to the centres.
A source at the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCS, who disclosed this to Newsmen however, lamented that not a single condemned inmate out of the 228 who escaped at the centres had returned.
The source said those who returned are mainly those on awaiting trial, those who have less prison term and those who are about to complete their terms.
It was gathered that while some of the escaped inmates had been returning in trickles to the facilities, there was an upsurge over the weekend when parents, family members, lawyers and other public spirited individuals accompanied the escaped inmates to the facilities.
Following the October 19 #EndSARS protest in Benin, some angry youths stormed the two Correctional facilities and broke into them and freed 1,993 inmates, 228 of whom are on the death roll.
Following the development, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State initially extended a three-day amnesty to the inmates to return to the facilities willingly. The governor later extended the amnesty by another one week, which expired on October 30, 2020 by midnight.
Shortly after the jail break, Governor Obaseki, accompanied by the Edo state Commissioner of Police, Mr Johnson Kokumo, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Celestine Okoye and the Controller of correction, Edo state command Babayo Maisanda, paid an assessment visit to the prisons, where he issued the amnesty proclamation.



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