Edo Jailbreak: ‘Good number of Escaped Inmates have willingly returned’- State Gov’t

NEWSMAN, Benin – Edo State Government has extended the ultimatum issued to prisoners on the run to Friday, October 30, following “positive responses” by fleeing inmates to the call for their return after jailbreaks at two federal correctional facilities on Monday, 19th October 2020.

Authorities had said they were tracking 1,993 inmates who escaped from the correctional facilities in Benin City and Oko, as of Tuesday.

However, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the extension of the ultimatum was as “a result of the positive response from the prisoners, as a good number of them had since returned to the two correctional facilities”. 

He however, did not give the number of inmates who have returned to the facilities.

The new ultimatum was reached at a Meeting held between Governor Godwin Obaseki and heads of security agencies in the state at the Government House in Benin City, on Friday.

Recall that Governor Obaseki had on Wednesday during an assessment tour of the facilities said “We are using this opportunity to appeal to all inmates in our correctional services who have escaped to come back on their own before the close of business on Friday, this week”.

Meanwhile, Edo State comptroller of corrections, Babayo Maisanda, on Wednesday also revealed that 1,818 inmates were still at large, while 163 have been re-arrested and six have returned voluntarily.

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