Police launch manhunt for fleeing 43 teenagers
A massive manhunt has begun for about 43 teenagers who escaped from the Children Remand Home along Welfare road in Ugbekun quarters, Ikoroha-Okha local government.
The teenagers who were being held for crimes ranging from cultism, armed robbery, murder escaped after gunmen stormed the centre on Sunday morning and broke through the security to set them free.
Seven of the inmates who refused to flee returned to the centre after the gunmen have left.
They were said to have operated for over two hours before the burglary proof in the windows were torn down.
When our reporter visited the centre, it was like a deserted place as only a few staff were seen around.
Some family members of the runaway teenagers said they were at the centre to get information about their wards.
They refused further comments.
The Children Remand Home which is supposed to be a place where delinquent juveniles are kept, rehabilitated and reintegrated back to the society is an eye-sore.
Inmates at the centre could be seen from outside as the perimeter fencing is low which perhaps made access very easy.
A large part of the surrounding is unkempt and overgrown with weed. No chairs were seen in places designated as classrooms which made the inmates sit on the floor.
Some staff told our reporter that there is dearth of staff especially counsellors and psychologists at the centre.
The staff who pleaded anonymity said there are no offices for the Director of the centre and other staff. They said they usually sit outside under a tree while the Director makes use of a makeshift office.
A staff said: “We don’t have staff here. This place is not fortified as a correctional centre and it has not been renovated for many years.”
“Look at the fence. We are not supposed to be seeing people outside but you can see the whole place. We want urgent intervention and total rehabilitation of the place.”
The police said they have sent some men to provide extra security at the centre.
Officials of the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development declined comments as they described it as a State government matter.
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