Edo State Police Command confirms prison break incident
The Edo State Police Command has confirmed a prison break incident at the Command Headquarters in Benin State and has also dispelled the rumours on the number of escapees.
The command, in a statement signed by SP Chidi Nwabuzor, the Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed that the incident occurred at about 02:45 hours of Friday, January 1st.
Nwabuzor said contrary to reports alleging that hundreds of armed robbery and kidnapping suspects had escaped, only 10 suspects escaped after the cell break.
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He said two of the escapees were re-arrested while the hunt for the remaining eight has begun.
The command maintained that out of the 10 escaped suspects, two have been re-arrested and brought back to custody.
The PPRO also disclosed that eight of the suspects were detained on the orders of the court.
He added that the Policemen responsible for the safe custody of the escaped suspects have been identified, arrested and detained for a departmental disciplinary process.