Onorede Benjamin, a condemned inmate, who was among those that escaped from the Oko Correctional centre in Edo State during a jailbreak on October 21 , has been arrested for snatching a car barely 30 minutes after he fled from prison, the police said on Monday.
The police said Benjamin was one of the inmates who escaped after the Oko Custodial Centre was attacked by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protests.
About 1,993 inmates were said to have been freed from the Benin and Oko custodial facilities, Edo State.
Benjamin and his fellow fugitives have allegedly stolen four cars since leaving the prison.
The others are Adebayo Opeyemi (ex-soldier), Peter Osas, and Hudu Musa.
Parading the suspects in Abuja on Monday, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, said the four suspects returned to crime as soon as they left prison.
According to Mba, Benjamin, who was the leader of the criminal gang, drove the stolen vehicle all the way to Kaduna State, where it was eventually sold with the help of Musa.
He said, “Today, we have four persons, who escaped from Oko Correctional Centre in Edo State.
“As soon as they escaped from prison, they forged a new alliance.
“Between them, they had within this short period snatched a total of four vehicles, including a Toyota Venza SUV.”
“We also have Alh. Musa, who broke the record of stealing 18 cars in a space of 90 days.”