About 43 teenagers have escaped from the Edo State Children Remand Home along Welfare road at Ikpoba-Okha local government.
Teenagers arrested for various crimes or juvenile delinquencies are kept at the Ugbekun remand home pending when they attain 18 and transferred to prison custody or properly rehabilitated.
It was gathered that the detained teenagers escaped after gunmen stormed the center at about 2am on Sunday and shot sporadically.The gunmen were said to have broken down some windows and cut through iron protectors to pave way for the escape of the inmates.
Officer in charge of the remand center, Mr. Victor Lawani, confirmed the incident but said some of the inmates have returned.
Chief Security Officer of the center, who gave his name as Mr. Ojo, said the gunmen spent over two hours to cut through the protectors after they overpowered him.Oji said the gunmen stormed the center with sophisticated weapons.
Some of the inmates that were found said they ran into the bush until 5am and returned back to their hostel.
Edo State Deputy Governor, Hon Philip Shaibu, who visited the scene to ascertain the level of damage expressed disappointment at the unkempt nature of the center.Hon Shaibu said it was unreasonable to keep children in such place.
He ordered immediate inquiry into the remote and immediate causes of the invasion.
“The place is porous, you cannot keep children in this dirty environment. They are humans like us. They deserve a better environment,” he said.