The Nigeria Security and Civil DefenceCorps (NSCDC) in conjunction with other security agencies on Wednesday, April 14, foiled an attempted jailbreak by inmates in Ubiaja, Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State.
The inmates, who were desperate to regain freedom, put up a spirited fight as they engaged the guards in battle before they were subdued.
If the inmates had succeeded, it would have been the second jailbreak in Edo State in the space of six months. There was a jailbreak in Benin, the Edo State capital in October last year when hoodlums hijacked the #EndSars protest to attack a Benin correctional facility and freed inmates.
Daily Post reported that the Public Relations Officer, Richard Ogbebor, in a statement, said that the inmates tried to escape from the Ubiaja Nigerian Correctional Service (NCOS) between the hours of 3pm and 5pm on Wednesday, April 14.
In a swift response, a team led by Samuel Ogbeide, an Assistant Superintendent of Corps 1, was deployed to the facility.
However, when the rescue team got there, the inmates had broken out from their cells and were engaging correctional officers in a fight even as some suffered injuries.
Richard Ogbebor said troops from the Nigerian Army 4th Brigade and Police officers assisted in overpowering the prisoners.
The NSCDC spokesman however, said security has been beefed up at the facility.