In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 22nd, October, 2020

Gov Obaseki Provides Escaped Prisoners Three Days Ultimatum To Return

Gov Obaseki Gives Escaped Prisoners Three Days Ultimatum To Return


Gov Godwin Obaseki

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has given the inmates of Oko Medium Safety Correctional Centre and Benin Medium Safety Correctional Centre who escaped through the #EndSARS protest on Monday, October 19, a 3 days ultimatum to return again earlier than Friday, October 23 or face the legislation.

Hoodlums break into Benin prison, set inmates free

He gave the ultimatum whereas on an evaluation tour of the affected NCoS centres and the police stations that have been burnt in Benin Metropolis by the hoodlums.

He was accompanied by his deputy, Philip Shaibu; a deputy inspector-general of police, Celestine Okoye; the state commissioner of police, Johnson Kokumo; representatives of the Nigerian Military, Nigerian Air Pressure, Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps and the Federal Highway Security Corps, amongst others.

Obaseki who said that his authorities wouldn’t sit down and watch hoodlums function in such a way, added that the assaults on the safety services have been orchestrated by criminally minded individuals.

“You’ll agree with me that this isn’t within the spirit of the #EndSARS protest. That is sheer criminality whereas the actual protesters have been specializing in the reform of our policing system and to not destroy authorities property, destroy prisons, and launch inmates.

“So, you possibly can inform that there have been some legal intentions behind these acts and the #EndSARS protest in Edo was hijacked by legal and so they used the chance to come back and launch their colleagues who have been held in our correctional centre.

“We condemn the act wholeheartedly and we count on that even the #EndSARS protesters would be part of us in condemning this dastardly act. The federal government can’t sit down and fold its arms to permit the breakdown of legislation and order in our society as a result of everyone could be affected and having undertaken the evaluation and seen the extent of destruction that has taken place, we might now transfer swiftly into motion.

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“Fortuitously, the Inspector-Common of Police, Mohammed Adamu, understanding the gravity of what has occurred in Edo has requested the Deputy Inspector-Common of Police, Celestine Okoye, to come back to Benin to place the scenario below management. We’re additionally lucky that the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces has allowed the army to affix the police in stabilising the scenario to deliver issues below management.

“I need to use this case to thank the law-abiding residents of the state for having the presence of thoughts name whereas totally different elements of the state have been being attacked within the guise of EndSARS protest. What we’ve got an issue with are hooliganism and sheer brigandage and that we are going to not settle for or tolerate in Edo State.

“We all know that among the inmates might have been launched by their plan and others used the chance to get out of the services. We’re utilizing this chance to enchantment to all inmates in our correctional companies who’ve escaped to come back again on their very own earlier than the shut of enterprise on Friday, this week.

“If they arrive in and go to the Nigeria Police Pressure Command headquarters in Benin Metropolis, nothing shall be finished to them. Nevertheless, those that don’t report again after Friday evening, we’ve got all their information, we’ve got their biometrics, we might go after them and be sure that we deliver them and the suitable sanction shall be meted towards them.”

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