About 42 suspected armed robbers and cultists detained by the Special Anti- Robbery Squad cell (SARS) in Yenagoa on Tuesday broke free from detention and escaped.
“The cell holds more than 50 suspects but it is empty, so it is difficult to give an accurate number until they check the records, but we hear that 42 criminals were being detained,” said a policeman drafted to cordon off the facility after the incident.
According to NAN, the policeman attached to the SARS said efforts were still being made to taje stock of the number of inmates that had escaped.
It was gathered that the suspects broke through the back section of the cell and scaled into the Yenagoa Local Government premises.
A police source said that one of the escapee suspects had been re-arrested while the search for others had begun.
Asinin Butswat, Spokesman of the Police Command in Bayelsa State, said the incident was being investigated but that the details were sketchy.
Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) promised to provide further details as soon as they are available