Tension hit the Benin Medium Security Prison on Sapele Road in Benin City, Edo State on Thursday as fear of another attempted jailbreak rented the air.
AllNews Nigeria reports that 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.
According to reports, the attempted jailbreak at the Benin prison led to shots being fired. Soldiers and policemen have been drafted to the area.
Confirming the report, the Controller of Correctional Centre, Edo State Command, Felix Lawrence described the shootings at the correctional centre as a “disturbance”, by some awaiting trial inmates, especially those 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 said that inmates awaiting trial 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.
“Sister security agencies have shown solidarity by drafting their men around the outer perimeter fence to compliment Correctional Service Armed Squad personnel to ensure total security of the custodial Centre.
“The Controller, Felix Lawrence, wishes to assure the general public that they should go about their normal business without any fear. Meanwhile, the investigation into the incident has been instituted by the Controller to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the disturbance,” the statement assured.