Edo escaped prisoner kills neighbor who testified against him in court


Edo prisoner who escaped from Oko Correctional Centre during the #endsars protest has been re-arrested after he reportedly killed his neighbour who testified against him in court.

About 1,993 prisoners had escaped from two correctional facilities in Edo state while about 1,818 prisoners are still on the run and had flooded the streets launching various degrees of attacks.

Addressing newsmen yesterday, Babatunde Kokumo, Edo commissioner of police, said they have arrested 126 suspected criminals and 10 amongst them were escapees.

“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.

“One of them, after having escaped from Oko correctional centre, ran back to his village on the same day, to kill the person who stood as a prosecution witness in the case that took him to the correctional centre. He has been arrested and he is among the suspects.

“Another group of three escapees from the correctional centre in Benin also went ahead to snatch a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Three of them met at the correctional centre and they were caught by the police.

“A set of two escapees equally 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. “The guns were also recovered from the criminal elements.”

The commissioner, however,  assured the people of the state that the police “have the capacity to provide adequate security for their lives and property”.


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