EndSARs: 1,993 inmates missing amid Edo State prison break.

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The ministryโ€™s statement noted that the situation has been brought under control while security around the custodial centres nationwide has been beefed up.

The Nigeria ministry of interior, has said that 1,993 inmates in legal custody were freed as a result of the jailbreak in Benin and Oko prisons in Benin city by protesters on Monday.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the ministryโ€™s director, press and public relations, Mohammed Manga, Tuesday.

According to the statement, โ€œtwo NCoS custodial centres in Benin City and Oko in Edo State were attacked yesterday by protesters purportedly under the #ENDSARS aegis, freeing (at the last count) 1,993 inmates in legal custody and looting the centres, including the weapons in their armoury.โ€

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Noble Reporters Media knows how hoodlums, numbering over 100, invaded the cells and freed several inmates.

Several persons were said to have sustained gunshot injuries as an armed squad of prison officials engaged the suspected hoodlums in a gun duel.

โ€œThey came in large numbers, bearing dangerous weapons and attacked the officers on guard duty.

They were unmistakable on their mission, which was to force the cells open, free the inmates and carry out other nefarious activities,โ€ the statement said.

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โ€œInvestigation has commenced to determine the full impact of the attack,โ€ the statement read.

It also said while peaceful protest is legitimate and guaranteed as a fundamental right of citizens, criminality should be condemned.

The statement said most of the inmates held at the centres โ€œare convicted criminals serving terms for various criminal offences, awaiting execution or standing trial for violent crimesโ€.

It said โ€œtheir being let loose gravely imperils lives and property, and that it is an unacceptable and intolerable threat to national and communal security.โ€


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