25 inmates have summarily returned to Edo state prison after breaking out a couple of days ago and hearing the ultimatum given them by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Only 25 out of the 1900 that escaped have been returned so far after they’d escaped from
Oko and Sapele Road Correctional Centre popularly called White House, Benin last Monday.
Hoodlums had hijacked the peaceful endSARS protests and broke the prisoners out under the guise.
Nigerian Tribune reports that one of the inmates, who gave his name as Alex Ose, 40, a taxi driver, from Esan, Edo State said that he has been awaiting trial since 2014 when he was arrested for armed robbery in the Edo State capital of Benin.
The father-of-four said he listend to the Governor’s demands and he decided to return as he was not guilty and just need more speedy adjudication.
A source at Sapele Road Correctional Centre disclosed that two out of the 25 inmates who returned were from Oko Medium Correctional Centre along Airport Road, Benin, assuring that they will be returned to Oko when the situation returns to normal.
According to him, the Department of State Security (DSS), the police and officials of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) will soon commence a massive manhunt for the runaway inmates once Governor Obaseki one week grace for them to return expires.
He reminded that those who escaped from lawful prison custody risked being sentenced for extra seven years if caught while those who willingly surrendered themselves will be shown mercy as promised by Governor Obaseki.