Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has ordered all the inmates who escaped from the Benin Correctional Centre, Sapele road, and Oko Medium Centre, to return on or before Friday this week for proper documentation.
Obaseki gave the order during the inspection of the vandalized Correctional Centres and other government institutions in the state affected by the violent outcome of the #EndSARS protest. The Governor said the escaped inmates should on or before Friday report to the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police, Benin
The governor said those that voluntarily report back to the correctional centres would be freed from any punishment while those that failed and rearrested will be made to bear the full wrath of the laws. The governor further noted that the violent outcome of the protest was not the style of #EndSARS protest, describing it as criminality.
Obaseki thanked the people of the state for being law-abiding in resisting the hoodlums. While reiterating the State Government support for individuals and citizens’ rights to express themselves legitimately to protest, he said that his government has nothing against the #EndSARS protest. He opined that the officers of the Correctional services could not get back up to stop the attack on its facilities because the Federal government was not initially willing to deploy the military.
Earlier, the Controller of Correctional Services, Edo State Command, Babayo Maisadanda, said a total of 1818 inmates escaped from the two Correctional Centres, of which 163 have been recaptured. Maisadanda called for the urgent need to further secure and enhance repairs of the damaged facilities to secure the inmates already captured.
On his part, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Celestine Okoye, said the police was doing its best to arrest some of the hoodlums that attacked the police facilities, Correctional Centres and other public and private institutions. Okoye who explained that some arrests have been made over the attack of the Correctional facilities, assured that all the culprits would be arrested.