The Edo police command has debunked reports that hundreds of suspected armed robbers and kidnappers escaped from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) facility.

The State police spokesperson, SP Chidi Nwabuzor stated that only ten suspects escaped the facility on the 1st of January, 2021 at about 2.45am. 

In a communique he released on Monday January 4, Nwabuzor said two escapees have been re-arrested and brought back to custody, while hunt for 8 others have been intensified. 

Noting that the quick mobilization and response of officers curbed further escape of the suspects, he added that the policemen who failed to ensure that the escapees remained behind bars, have been identified, arrested, and detained for departmental disciplinary process, even as efforts are being intensified to re-arrest the fleeing suspects.

The statement read; 

“Eight (8) of the suspects were detained on the order of the court, in summary; stealing – 1, Murder- 1, Cultism-3, Robbery-3, while the other two (2) were under Police investigation for stealing.

“The command has the wherewithal/intelligence to re-arrest the remaining suspects who are on the run but will still appreciate any useful information from the members of the public as no stone will be left unturned in assuring that all those suspects are re-arrested.

“The Command assures members of the public of its continued commitment to protecting lives and property of law-abiding citizens."