Edo State Commissioner of Police Babatunde Kokumo has narrated how some of the inmates who escaped during the jailbreak in the state when back to crime.
While parading 126 suspected criminals, ten of who are escapees from Edo jailbreak, the police boss some of the inmates who met in prison formed a robbery gang and snatched a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).
He also said another gang comprising of two escapees from Edo prison break stole a Toyota Camry car.
They also met at the correctional centre. They were arrested by Okada Division of Edo State Police Command. “We have a total of ten escapees,” he said.
Escapee went on a revenge mission, killed a witness
The police commissioner said one of the 1,993 inmates rank back to his village the same day to kill the person who stood as a prosecution witness against him during his trails before landing in the correctional centre.
Recall that there were two jailbreaks in Edo State a few days ago during the #EndSars protest in the state which was hijacked by hoodlums.
Close to 2,000 prisoners escaped. The state governor Godwin Obaseki gave them a 72-hour ultimatum to return before the state launch a manhunt on them.
Kokumo said, “We have commenced actions against the criminal elements. It will interest you to know that 10 of the criminal elements who escaped from Oko Correctional Centre on Airport Road, Benin and the Correctional Centre on Sapele Road, Benin were also arrested.”
Some of the stolen items recovered from the criminals include:
- five AK-47 rifles
- two locally-made exhibit guns
- one locally-made gun
- one Lexus 330 SUV with registration number KWL 205 AZ
- one Toyota Camry saloon car with registration number LSD 231 GD
- two bags of 50kg of rice
- One bag of 25kg rice
- 24 crates of assorted drinks were recovered.
He promised that other criminal elements in the state would be fished out.