Edo State Police Command has rearrested ten of about 1,993 inmates that escaped from correctional centres at Airport and Sapele Roads, Benin City, the State capital.
The State Commissioner of Police, Babatunde Kokumo who paraded the 10 re-arrested male escapees, said one of them had returned to his community where he allegedly killed a prosecution witness in his case while five stole a Toyota Lexus 330 and a Camry which have been recovered from them.
The escapees were identified as Emmanuel Udoh, Friday Etim, Victor Akpotor, Lucky Precious, Osarumen Enoragbon, Patrick Eguavoen, Abraham Matthew, Endurance Ifobuow, Mohammed Adamu and Henry Atadi.
Kokumo said: “We have commenced actions against the criminal elements. It will interest you to know that 10 of the criminal elements who escaped from Oko Correctional Centre on Airport Road, Benin and the Correctional Centre on Sapele Road, Benin, were also arrested.
“One of them, after having escaped from Oko correctional centre ran back to his village on the same day, to kill the person who stood as a prosecution witness in the case that took him to the correctional centre. He has been arrested and he is among the suspects.
“Another group of three escapees from the correctional centre in Benin also went ahead to snatch a Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Three of them met at the correctional centre and they were caught by the police.
“A set of two escapees equally stole a Toyota Camry car. They also met at the correctional centre. They were arrested by Okada Division of Edo State Police Command. We have a total of ten escapees.
“Guns were also recovered from criminal elements. Anybody who is armed with a weapon of destruction is no longer embarking on a peaceful protest.
”The stolen arms and ammunition regrettably would have been unleashed on the members of the public if we had not recovered them.”