Danger was averted earlier today, October 28, 2021, at the correctional facility, located on Sapele Road, Benin City. The prison, popularly called, ‘white house’ caused fear in the neighborhood as gunshots were held inside the facility.
Commuters, drivers, passersby, and business owners around the prison ran in different directions for safety when the gunshots lasted.
The fear of a possible jailbreak was prevalent and motorists avoided the ever busy motorway. Businesses also shut the doors against customers to prevent being caught in crossfire.
A source told Midwest Herald that gunshots started shortly after mid-day when the prison security personnel started shooting amidst protest inside the old prison compound.
In the ensuing confusion, some inmates attempted a jail break but were eventually over-powered by soldiers and policemen that were called for re-enforcement.
In a press statement by Command Public Relations Officer, Aminu Sulaiman, titled ‘Disturbance at Benin Custodial Centre’, the state Controller of Corrections, Felix Lawrence commended sister security outfits for giving his men back up during the disturbance.
The statement read, “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 of Corrections Felix Lawrence wishes to assure the general public that they should go about their normal business without any fear. Meanwhile, investigation into the incident has been instituted by the Controller to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the disturbance,” the statement added.
It will be recalled that hundreds of inmates escaped during the 2020 ENDSARS protest, with many still on the run.