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The Deputy Controller of the Oko Medium Security Custodial Centre, Benin, Edo, Mr. Amayo Osadiaye, has revealed that only two mentally deranged inmates on death row returned after the EndSARS jailbreak which occurred last year.
Osadiaye made the disclosure on Tuesday during the visit of the state Chief Judge, Justice Esther Edigin, and members of the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee to the centre.
According to him, a good majority of the condemned inmates (inmates on death row) in Oko custodial centre escaped during the EndSARS invasion.
“Only two of the inmates on death row, who are mentally ill, had voluntarily returned to the centre.
“Some awaiting trial inmates are helpful to the personnel, and some also did not escape despite the massive number of inmates in our custody.
‘Although some of them have got reprieves through granting of bails, I wish to also plead for the same hands of fellowship for those still in custody or alternatively, speedy trials,’ he said.
Meanwhile, the chief judge said that in spite of the protest, the judiciary had been able to move on with renewed determination to prevent a reoccurrence.
Edigin said that it was gratifying to note that many of the inmates, who had hitherto escaped, had either voluntarily returned to custody or had been rearrested by security agencies.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK