Of the 1,900 inmates who fled the Sapele Road and Oko Correctional Centers in Benin City, Edo State, only 25 surrendered to the authorities on Monday, October 19.
ThisDay reported that the officer at the Sapele Road Correctional Center who disclosed the incident also said that one of the fugitives was caught after being wounded in the leg last Wednesday.
It was also discovered that two of the 25 returnees are being held at the Oko Medium-sized Correctional Center on Airport Road, Benin.
“The Department of State Security, police and Nigerian prison officials will soon begin looking for escaping prisoners immediately after the seven-day grace period given to them by the state government expires.
“We have a way to arrest prisoners on the highway. We will take action as soon as the protests subside across the country. The sooner they come back alone, the better for them.
“Those who are arrested again will be tried again and sentenced to seven years in prison if convicted. So it’s in their best interest to come back as the governor gave them an extra week of grace to do so. ”
One of the detainees, Alex Ose, who explained why he returned to prison, said he has been awaiting trial since 2014, when he was arrested for armed robbery in Benin.
The 40-year-old father of four and a taxi driver insisted on his innocence and also expressed confidence that he would be convicted by the court.
“I am not guilty of the charges brought against me. I was tricked. I’m asking Governor Obaseki to sort out my case.
“I have every opportunity to race, but I decided to give up because it was not my fault. The Governor must take my case seriously. “