Ten lawful detainees have escaped from the Cell of the State Criminal Investigation Department (State CID) of the Edo state police command headquarters in Benin City, Nigeria.
Standard Gazette learned that the ten suspects strolled out of the cell unhindered and unchallenged on the night of 31 December 2020 (NEW YEAR EVE).
Investigation revealed that there were policemen posted on duty which they call Counter Duty with another squad referred to as Cell Guard.
At about 9 PM on 31 December 2020, one of the policemen had gone to attend to one of the detainees and thereafter locked the cell with a padlock but unknown to him that it was not locked very well as the lock did not fit in properly.
One of the detainees who observed that the padlock did not properly fit into the cell iron burglary proof then told others in detention of the present situation where they then agreed to escape from the cell one after the other.
But the whereabouts of other policemen on duty that night could not be immediately verified by Standard Gazette’s correspondent as the police authority have the Will and Capacity to probe the development.
Within a range of 15 minutes, ten suspects have already escaped from the lawful custody.
Standard Gazette can authoritatively that no kidnap or armed robbery suspects escaped, as the special cell made for such suspects are still intact as at the time of filing in this report.
However, all the policemen on counter duty and those on guard have been arrested by the management of the Edo state police command.
A probe will be instituted to unravel the circumstances surrounding the escape of the suspects detained lawfully.
They are expected to face serious sanction if found wanting.
The police authority in Edo state is yet to make a statement on the incident.
Several efforts made to get police reaction, however, hit the rock.
On October 19, over 200 prisoners escaped from Benin Correctional Center in Edo after EndSARS protest was allegedly hijacked.
Editor’s note: The photo on this post is not the precise image of the escapees on the recent jailbreak. It’s mainly for illustration purpose.