Last Updated on October 19, 2020 by Ope Quadri
- Edo declares curfew as hoodlums break into Benin prisons
Hoodlums have allegedly broken into the Benin correctional centre, early Monday, October 19, 2020, setting inmates free.
In a video which surfaced on Twitter, one voice could be heard saying, “Live and direct from Benin, prisoners dey come out.”
In the short video, some prisoners could be seen jumping through correction facility popularly known as the White House in Edo.
It was gathered that over 100 hoodlums broke open one of the cells and freed several inmates in the process.
They had earlier gathered along Sapele Road beside the prison as early as 7 a.m., setting bonfires and sending back road users particularly motorists.
Several persons sustained gunshot injuries as armed prison officials engaged the suspected hoodlums in a gun duel.
Also, the hoodlums vandalised some sections of the High Court 4 premises located few meters beside the prison.
They broke part of the high wall while some climbed the fence into the prison yard.
An eyewitness confirmed that an elderly man was recaptured while walking away like a passer-by while several other sustained gunshots.
Edo declares curfew as hoodlums break into Benin prisons
Meanwhile, Edo State government has imposed a curfew in Benin City followed the invasion of Benin Correctional Centre by thugs and freed some inmates in one of the cells.
Details coming soon