Suspected hoodlums on Monday burnt down the Ugbekun Police Station in Benin City, the Edo State capital, just as some young persons are trying to enforce a jailbreak at Oko Prison, still in the capital of Edo state.
The incident occurred around 11 am on Monday. The hoodlums also vandalised other properties within the police premises.
The hoodlums had hijacked the #EndSARS protests ongoing in the country against police brutality. Earlier, the hoodlums broke into the Benin Prison popularly called White House and freed several inmates in one of the cells.
The armed squad of prison officials engaged the suspected hoodlums in gunfire which resulted in some persons sustaining injuries.
Also destroyed was the High Court 4 which is beside the prison where the hoodlums vandalised.
A resident, who witnessed the jailbreak at the prison on Sapele Road in Benin told the media that during the attack, he heard some of the suspects speaking on storming another prison. “When they (hoodlums) invaded the prison on Sapele Road, I heard the crowd shouting let’s move to Oko Prison. I thought they were joking,” he said.
— Tunde Ajibulu #EndSars (@tundeajibulu) October 19, 2020