Operatives of the Nigeria Police have arrested at least 12 suspects in connection with the recent attacks on Police stations and prisons in Benin, Edo State. 

This was disclosed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Tuesday, October 20. 

The IGP said five Ak-47 rifles were recovered from the suspects. 

Eons Intelligence had earlier reported that about five Police stations were burnt down in Benin on Monday by armed hoodlums, who hijacked the #ENDSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings. 

The hoodlums also broke into two prisons in Edo State and freed inmates. 

Confirming the arrest, the IGP said the operation was launched to strengthen security around correctional facilities nationwide. 

The statement read: “the orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory.

“Consequently, the Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the FCT are to identify and isolate law-breakers from peaceful protesters; immediately arrest and diligently prosecute such perpetrators of violence in their respective Commands.

“The IGP notes that twelve (12) suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks and arson on Police Stations in Benin, Edo State. Five (5) AK47 rifles earlier stolen from vandalized Police Stations have also been recovered.

“The Inspector-General of Police calls on members of the public to avail the police with useful information that can lead to the re-arrest of the fleeing inmates, unlawfully released from Correctional facilities.”

The IGP advised parents and guardians to warn their wards to steer-clear of acts of violence and criminality in the country.

Hoodlums have hijacked the #EndSARS campaign in some cities, wreaked havoc on citizens and vandalised public assets in Lagos, Benin, Abuja, amongst other major cities.


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