The Nigerian Correctional Service has stated that they will start publishing names and photographs of over 1,500 inmates who escaped from the custodial facilities in Benin and Oko, Edo State, and in Okitipupa, Ondo State, on Monday October 26, and Thursday October 29, during the violent #EndSARS protests which took place across the country.
The spokesperson of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Austin Njoku, while giving an update on the escaped convicts, stated that the correctional service was equally mobilising various security and intelligence resources to recapture the fleeing inmates. While 1,993 inmates broke out of the two custodial centres in Edo State, 58 reportedly escaped from the Ondo correctional facility.
His statement reads:
“We are mobilising the people and the press for information because to inject the number of such people into society is a problem. Imagine over 1,000 criminals injected into society? We are mobilising the intelligence agencies, the police and the DSS (Department of State Services). We are publishing their names and pictures very soon.”