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17-yrs-old who murdered a girl, 22 other inmates escape from Sapele Remand Home

——–By Akpos Oghenetega——–

A 17-years-old male inmate, Silas Anidi, son of a pastor who murdered an 11-years-old girl, Aghogho Igbi, allegedly for ritual purposes in 2015 in Sapele and 22 others has escaped from the Remand Home, Sapele, Delta State.

Silas Anidi

Recalled that; Anidi, who father is said to be the General Overseer and Founder of God Peculiar Evangelical Ministry in Sapele area of the state, was reportedly caught by neighbours when he also attempted to kill the deceased sister, Favour aged 13, so as to blot out any evidence.

The incident which took place on July 30th and August 2nd was carefully kept away from the public by the staff of the home, who were allegedly acting on the directive of the supervisory Ministry, our source had revealed.

Our source who spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak said that the inmates within the age bracket of 14 and 17 years escaped from custody in what he described as a careful planned escape plot.

According to him; the inmates which escaped are being held for various capital offences ranging from rape, robbery, murder and burglary.

While giving the details of how the incident occurred, the source stated that; “The routine has always been opening the door of the home for the minors every morning for their daily chores, while two or three of them go to prepare their meal but the female correction officer, Mrs. Esther Micah, somehow took the keys to church and did not return until 11:30 am.

“Upon her return, hungry and probably angered by her actions, 11 of them attacked her and fled through the back fence of the home and of course with only three staff on duty, there was little, they could do.

“Though three of the escaped inmates were arrested on the same day by members of the vigilante in the area along Sapele/Warri road and brought back to the home, two other inmates escaped the next day when the same correction officer went to open the door for them to have their bath.

“Three days later, 12 other inmates plotted their getaway when the broke the lock to their hall with an iron bar and escaped through the back of the home.”

Security at the home has been in a very porous state while the perimeter fencing at the back of the home has collapsed since last year with the home being in a poor state of neglect.

The Remand Home which is ran by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Development, Delta State according to Advocate investigation, has been in a state of disrepair over the years, following the failure of successive state government to give the facility a face lift.

Our source added that several projects awarded by the state interventionist agency, Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, to a firm allegedly own by a lawmaker from the area, were abandoned after collecting, in some cases, full payments for job not done.

Confirming the escape of the inmates when contacted, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Andrew Aniamaka said: “Yes, it’s true, three of the staff are been investigated and we will be charging them for negligence of duty. We are doing everything for the fleeing inmates to be caught quickly.”




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