Just In: Only Ten Suspects Escaped From Our Custody, Not 100 – Edo Police Command

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… Says Two Escapees Re-arrested

Command says only ten suspects escaped from its custody on January 1st, 2021 and not the figure “maliciously reported” (not Info Daily), adding that two have been re-arrested.

The Command added that its personnel were in hunt of the remaining eight suspects to make sure they are re-arrested.

This was contained in a statement signed by SP Chidi Nwabuzor, Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Police Command, and made available to newsmen in Benin on Monday.

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In the statement titled ‘Police Re-arrest Two Escapees, Hunt 8 Others, as Edo
Command Commences Investigation into Cell Break’, Nwabuzor said eight out of the ten suspects were detained on the order of court, adding that one suspect was arrested for murder; one for stealing; three were arrested for cultism and robbery, respectively.

He added that policemen who were responsible for the safe custody of the escaped suspects have been identified, arrested and detained for departmental disciplinary process.

“Edo State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that ten suspects escaped on the 1st of January, 2021 at about 0245hrs (2.45am), out which two have been re-arrested and brought back to custody. The figure is not as being maliciously and falsely speculated on social media.

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“That eight (8) of the suspects were detained on the order of court, in summary; stealing – 1, Murder- 1, Cultism-3, Robbery-3, while the other two (2) were under Police investigation for stealing. It is worthy to note that the quick mobilization and response of officers curbed further escape of the suspects,” the statement reads in part.

While assuring that the Command has the wherewithal/intelligence to re-arrest the remaining suspects who are on the run, the Police Spokesperson solicited for useful information from members of the public on the whereabout of the suspects, just as he added that the Command is poised in protecting lives and prosperity in the state.

“The command has the wherewithal/intelligence to re-arrest the remaining suspects who are on the run but will still appreciate any useful information from the members of the public as no stone will be left unturned in assuring that all those suspects are re-arrested.

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“The Command assures members of the public of its continued commitment to protect lives and property of law abiding citizens,” he added.

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