Edo State Government has on Friday, October 23, extended the ultimatum given to the prisoners by one week, till Friday, October 30, 2020 following the jailbreak at two Federal correctional facilities in Benin City, .
Crusoe Osagie, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, made this known after a Security Meeting held between Governor Godwin Obaseki and heads of security agencies in the state at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.
Osagie said the extension of the ultimatum is as a result of the positive response from the prisoners, as a good number of them have since returned to the two correctional facilities. And that the new window is to allow for more prisoners to return to the centres willingly.
He also noted that with the improving security situation in the state, the governor has reviewed the curfew time to span between 6pm and 6am daily, starting from today, October 24, 2020.
“The governor has reviewed the curfew time 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 Edo people for adhering to government’s directives.”
He restated that the government is committed to the security of lives and property and resolve to continue to work with security agencies to ensure peace and normalcy is fully restored in the state.
Among those in attendance at the meeting are Philip Shaibu, Deputy Governor, Osarodion Ogie, Secretary to the State Government, Yinka Omorogbe, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, heads of the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Airforce, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), the Department of State Services (DSS) the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Correctional Service and others.