A total of 286 out of the 1,993 inmates who escaped from the Oko Medium Correctional Centre and Sapele Road Correctional Centre popularly called White House, Benin on October 19 when hoodlums stormed the facilities during the #EndSARS protest have so far returned to the two centres, an anonymous source disclosed.
While 25 voluntarily returned to the correctional centres one week after the break, 38 were re-arrested by the police in different parts of the state after commiting various offences following their escape while 187 returned.
A Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) source from one of the centres in Benin who would not want his name in print said that the police and prison officials have since mounted a large manhunt for the escapees.
According to him, the manhunt became necessary following the expiration of the one week ultimatum for the
fleeing inmates to return, which was later extended by another one week.
He noted that the authorities are determined to bring back the runway prisoners and bring them back to justice.
The source added that, determined to arrest the escapees and bring them to justice, he said that the NCS has been monitoring their movement as a result of series of information on their whereabouts.
The NCS officer said: “We have a way of arresting runway prisoners. We have swung into action following the expiration of the two week ultimatum by the governor. The earlier they return on their own, the better. Those who are re-arrested will be retried and sentenced to extra seven years if convicted. It is in their own interest to return even with the expiration of the ultimatum.”