…. Foils attempted jailbreak at Correctional facility in Ubiaja, Edo***
The Imo command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) says it has arrested 265 suspects for various crimes and secured the conviction of 12 persons in Imo.
NSCDC’s commandant in the state, Mr Danjuma Elisha, said this in Owerri on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the achievements of the command in the first quarter.
He said the suspects were arrested for crimes bothering on pipeline vandalism, illegal dredging, illegal mining, attempted kidnapping, cultism and forgery.
Other crimes for which they were arrested include breach of trust, impersonation, criminal conspiracy, theft, assault, child and human trafficking, among others.
He also said that the command investigated 401 cases with 40 cases pending in different courts while reinvigorating its technical services unit for optimum performance.
Elisha added that the command sealed 40 Private Guard Companies (PGCs) for low performance and generated N15 million for the government through registration and licensing of (PGCs).
He further said the command resolved 320 communal disputes through its over 50 well-trained Alternative Dispute Resolution professionals.
“During the period under review, we arrested 265 suspects for various crimes, secured over 12 convictions with 40l cases pending in courts.
“Nascent agro ranger personnel of the command have recorded success in settling herders/natives conflict in agrarian communities in Imo,“ he said.
He, however, called on residents of the state to avail the command of prompt intelligence so as to enable it serve the people better.
“We call on Imo residents to avail the command and other security agencies of prompt information regarding crimes so that such crimes can be nipped in the bud while we assure them of continued protection of lives and property in the state,” he said.
In another development, The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Edo Command, says it foiled a jailbreak attempt by inmates at the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) facility, Ubiaja, Esan South East Local Government Area.
Mr Richard Ogbebor, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command in a statement in Benin disclosed that the attempted jailbreak occurred from 15:00 hours to 17:00 hours on Wednesday.
Ogbebor explained that the corps had received a distress call on the attempted jailbreak and subsequently mobilised its personnel led by Mr Samuel Ogbeide, an Assistant Superintendent of Corps 1, to the facility.
He said that on getting to the facility, it was discovered that the inmates had broken out from their cells and were already engaging the correctional officers in fight.
He disclosed that in a bid to bring the development under control some of the officers sustained different degrees of injury.
He further said that, however, with assistance from the personnel from the Nigerian Army, 4th Brigade, and the Edo Command, Nigerian Police Force, the inmates were eventually overpowered and taken back to their cells.
He added that security had been fully beefed up at the correctional facility by all security agencies.