Suspected hoodlums on Monday broke into the Benin Prison popularly called White House and freed several inmates in one of the cells.
The News Chronicle gathered that 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 vandalized
In a swift reaction to the development, the Nigerian Police in a statement on its official Facebook page said “@policeNG regrettably confirms the unfortunate attacks on Police Facilities – Ugbekun Police Station, Oba Market Police Station, and Idogbo Police Post by persons posing as #ENDSARS protesters in Benin, Edo State, today, Monday, 19th October 2020.
“The extent of damage cannot be ascertained at the moment but the report indicates that the protesters carted away arms and ammunition from the armory and freed the suspects in custody before setting some of the facilities ablaze.
“The Force is doing everything possible at the moment to bring the situation under control, protect the lives of innocent citizens, and prevent further attacks on any other critical infrastructure in the state.
“The Force is calling on parents/guardians to prevail on their children/wards to desist from acts of violence under any guise whatsoever”.