A repeat of October 19, 2020, jailbreaks in Benin City, Edo State capital, during the nationwide #EndSARS riots, was on Thursday, thwarted as security forces averted another jailbreak at the Sapele Road Correctional Centre.
At about 1.30 pm, gunshots were heard at the Correctional Centre, popularly known as. White House, as a combo of security details making up of the police, army, Correctional Centre armed personnel and vigilante, secured the facility.
Moments later, the vigilante group was seen blocking half of the ever-busy Sapele Road, while motorists scampered for safety.
A source simply said: “There was an attempted jailbreak today at the Benin prison, leading to serious shooting. Soldiers and policemen have been drafted to the area.”
During the EndSARS riots, the Sapele Road Correctional Centre as well as the Oko, Airport Road Centre were compromised, with thousands of inmates escaping.
The Controller of Correctional Centre, Edo State Command, Felix Lawrence, has described the shootings at the Sapele Road, Benin City, Correctional Centre as “disturbance”, by some awaiting trial inmates, especially Jose recaptured after the jailbreak of October 2020 EndSARS riots.
In a statement issued, on Thursday evening, and endorsed by DSC Aminu S. Suleman, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, some awaiting trial inmates started protesting at the facility at about 12.30 pm, resulting in a confrontation between them and the convicted inmates of the facility.
In the statement titled: “DISTURBANCE AT BENIN CUSTODIAL CENTRE”, the issue on behalf of the Controller of Correctional Centre, the PRO said:
“At about 12.30 pm, some awaiting trial inmates especially the recaptured escapees started protest which led to a confrontation between them and the convicted inmates.
Reinforcement was immediately mobilized from the State HEADQUARTERS to enforce law and order.
“The situation has been completely controlled and the Custodial Centre is calm. There was no escape of any inmates or death.