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Obaseki extends deadline, gives fleeing inmates 1 week to return.

Godwin Obaseki, the Edo State Government has extended the ultimatum issued to prisoners till Friday, October 30.

The extended timeline according to the governor was following the positive response by fleeing inmates after the Obaseki made a public call for their return.

Recall that thousands of inmates fled from two federal correctional facilities in Benin City after a jailbreak.

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The Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said this was the resolution of a Security Meeting held between Governor Godwin Obaseki and the various heads of security agencies in the state at the Government House in Benin City, on Friday.

According to Osagie, the extension of the ultimatum was as a result of the positive response from the prisoners, as a good number of them had since returned to the two correctional facilities. According to him, the new window was to allow for more prisoners to return to the centres willingly.

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He added, “The governor has reviewed the curfew in the state to commence from 6pm to 6am daily, as against 4pm to 6am. The adjustment will take effect from Saturday, October 24, 2020. The security situation in the state is seen to be improving and we appreciate the Edo people for adhering to government’s directives.”

He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the security of lives and property and resolved to continue to work with security agencies to ensure peace and normalcy is fully restored in the state.

Those in attendance at the meeting included the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu; Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie; and Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state, Prof Yinka Omorogbe.

Others were heads of the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Correctional Service, the Nigerian Airforce, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Services, among others.

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