Prisons reject suspected looters, thugs arraigned by police

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The police in have begun the arraignment all suspected hoodlums arrested in connection the mayhem unleashed on the state in the aftermath the Lekki tollgate shootings at #EndSARS protesters by .

fewer than 520 suspects were arrested by the police in relation arson, murder, stealing and , among others.


The Police Public Relations Officer in , Muyiwa Adejobi, told The PUNCH on Wednesday that 200 the arrested 520 suspects had been arraigned.

However, our correspondents gathered that the suspects were returned the police cell after their arraignment in court, instead being remanded in prison.

It was gathered that the Custodial Service declined taking in the suspected hoodlums for challenge of space in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adejobi said, “We have commenced the arraignment of the 520 suspected hoodlums. We have been sharing the suspects various facilities because it is a state command’s case and the state command has the right keep the suspects in any of our stations.”

Adejobi said rejecting of suspects by the custodial centre was not peculiar to the suspected hoodlums.

He said, “The procedure is that whenever we charge suspects to court, they are always remanded in police facilities because of COVID 19. So, the next thing we do is to them tested for COVID-19 after which they would be received at the correctional centres.”

When contacted, the spokesman for the in , Rotimi Oladokun, said he was not aware that the suspected hoodlums were turned back, but said there was a standing rule that suspects must first run before being admitted into correctional facilities.


Oladokun said, “We have an understanding all critical in the administration of criminal justice in . Once the court gives an order for remand, the Government conducts on them. Once they negative result, they bring them to us. Those who test positive, the government takes them to the treatment centre and upon a negative result, they bring them to the custodial centre.

“The issue of rejection does not arise. That is not factual.”