It’s been reported that 25 prisoners of the 1,900 that escaped from the Oko and Sapele Road correctional Centre Popularly called White House, Benin, on Monday 19th of October, has willingly surrendered themselves to the government after in line with the call made by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
The was a jailbreak in Edo State, where some hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS peaceful protests in Benin and took advantage of the process to attack the Oko and Sapele Correctional facility.
According to the Nigerian Tribune one of the voluntary returnee escapees, identified as Alex Ose, 40, a taxi driver, from Esan, Edo State said that he has been at White awaiting trial since 2014 when he was arrested for armed robbery in the state capital Benin. The father-of-four said that he decided to heed the call of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and surrender himself because he is innocent of the charges against him and was supremely sure that he will be vindicated by the court.
Two out of the 25 inmates were said to have returned were from Oko Medium Correctional Centre along Airport Road, Benin.
According to Sources, the Department of State Security (DSS), the police and officials of the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) will soon commence a massive manhunt for the runaway inmates once Governor Obaseki one week grace for them to return expires.
He reminded that those who escaped from lawful prison custody risked being sentenced for extra seven years if caught while those who willingly surrendered themselves will be shown mercy as promised by Governor Obaseki.