Adeyinka Adedipe, Benin
A coalition of civil society groups, Network of Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria, on Thursday issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the police to publish the names of detainees who escaped from the State Criminal Investigation Department of the Edo State Command on New Year Day.
Addressing a press conference in Benin City, the Acting President of NOCSON, Ogbidi Emmanuel, and the group’s Director of Publicity, Bevy Efe, flanked by other members of the coalition, said they were shocked that such an incident could happen in the most secure police facility in the state without any external attack.
The group said, “The Edo State Police Command must within 48 hours publish the names, photographs and information of all the escapees in both local and national print and electronic media, declaring them wanted.
“The police must detain and isolate all officers that were on duty, including the senior officers that had dealings with the cell 24 hours before the incident, as we cannot rule out their possible contact with the criminals on the run. And their identities be made known to the public.
“NOCSON insists that there is more to this than meets the eyes. We therefore call on the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, as the Chief Security Officer of the state, to as a matter of urgency constitute a panel of enquiry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the recent jailbreak in the two correctional centres in the state as we believe it is unconnected to the #EndSARS protest.”
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