A suspect known as Chuks Obuh has escaped from the custody of police in Benin, Edo state.
Chucks was arrested for burglary by a vigilante group in Agbor Road in Benin city and was consequently handed over to the Esigie police for investigation.
The spokesperson for the Edo state police command, SP Bello Kontongs has dismissed claims that Chucks gang members had bribed the police so he would be allowed to walk free.
He stated that the claims which had been making the rounds on social media was not true.
Kontongs said: “Contrary to what was reported on social media that the suspect’s syndicate bought police over to secure the freedom of their member, the suspect actually escaped from lawful custody on 5th September, 21 during a heavy downpour at about 20:30 hours,” he stated.
“To keep the record straight, the DPO of the area where the case was transferred to is known to be professional in his dealings and therefore cannot compromise in a situation where a criminal matter is under investigation
“When the escape was reported on Sunday 5/9/2021 at about 2030hrs while there was heavy downpour, the DPO immediately informed the Commissioner of Police about the incident and the CP in his response directed a disciplinary action be instituted against the officers and men on duty as at the time of the incident and finally directed in-depth investigation into the matter
“It is important to also state that items recovered from the suspect and the N50,000 have been duly registered with the exhibit keeper.”
He also adviced members of the public to desist from spreading fake news that would end up destroying the public image of the police.