Adeyinka Adedipe, Benin
The Edo State Police Command on Wednesday paraded 126 suspects in connection with the jail-breaks, looting and vandalism in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests which rocked the country.
According to the breakdown given by the State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, 106 suspects were arrested for breaking stores, looting and arson. He also said 10 escapees were re-arrested, while 10 suspects were arrested for other offences.
He said, “The Command wishes to brief members of the public on the #EndSARS protest which was hijacked by hoodlums and mobs who went berserk wreaking havoc majorly in Benin metropolis.
“As you are all aware, the hoodlums burnt down police stations, carted away arms and ammunition, raped women in some areas, killed policemen on their gory path to destruction, freed convicted criminals and felons, looted businesses and extorted innocent Nigerians.”
Kokumo regretted that the stolen arms would be unleashed on the members of the public but assured residents of the police commitment to recover the stolen arms as well as secure lives and properties in the state.