Edo State Police Commissioner, Johnson Kokumo, Wednesday, stated that the re-arrest of escapees from the Edo Correctional facility, as well as the recovery and repossession of looted arms and ammunition by criminals in circulation in the state are the priorities of the security command.
The police chief who said this during a press briefing in Benin, also disclosed that the rising crime wave in the state, is not unconnected to the attack on police facilities and jail break wherein arms and ammunition were looted and prisoners set free respectively.
“We are not folding our arms and watch the hoodlums have a field day. Our main concern now is geared towards re-arresting the escapees and recovering the looted and other illicit arms and ammunition in circulation.
“To this end, the police and other security agencies in conjunction with the State Government put machineries in place to checkmate the activities of these rampaging hoodlums, which have yielded some positive results,” the police commissioner said.
Kokuma then reeled out the successes of his command to include; the re-arrest of a total of eighteen suspects who eloped from the two correctional centres as a result of the jail break during the End SARS protest have been re-arrested.
Also, the command arrest 14 suspects Arrested for Armed Robbery, 16 for Cultism; 18 persons who escaped from lawful custody.
It also recovered two AK 47 rifles, four locally-made guns, one Toyota Yaris Saloon car with Reg No. UBJ-447-SZ, one Toyota Highlander SUV Reg. No. DGE-524-AH, as well as twenty one (21) live cartridges.
According to Kokumo, ‘the Police will not rest on its oars until all the arms and ammunition carted away by the hoodlums are recovered and escapees are equally rearrested, as we approach the yuletide season,’ adding: “The criminal elements themselves will not know peace.”