Jailbreak: Obaseki gives inmates till Friday to return to correctional centres
The governor of Edo State , Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday gave all inmates that escaped from the Benin Correctional Centre, Sapele road and Oko Medium centre at Airport road, till Friday, October 23, to return to the correctional centres.
Obaseki gave the order during the inspection of the vandalized correctional centres and other government institutions in the state.
Obaseki, said the escaped inmates should on or before Friday report to the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police, for proper documentation.
He 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.
“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 using 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 on Friday this week.
“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.
“You will agree with me that this is not Tuesday style of #EndSARS protest. This is sheer criminality. The protesters were focusing on reform of policing system in the country not to destroy government property, prisons and release inmates. So, you can tell that was criminal intention behind this act.
“#EndSARS protest in Edo was hijacked and they used the opportunity to come and release their colleagues held in our Correctional Centres.
“We condemn the act. Even the #EndSARS 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.
“And having undertaken this inspection and seen the level of destruction that has taken place, we will now move very swiftly and go after them”,he said.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing the military to join and support police in stabilizing the situation and bring sanity to the state.
The governor also commended the Inspector -General of police, Mohammed Adamu for deploying the Deputy Inspector- General of police, DIG. Celestine Okoye to the state to assist in bringing the situation under control.