Ecuador declares state of emergency after Los Choneros gang chief Vito flees

Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa declared a state of emergency throughout the nation, together with in prisons, after the escape of José Adolfo Macias, the chief of the nation’s most harmful legal gang.

Ecuadorian authorities stated Macias, nicknamed “Vito”, escaped final Sunday from “La Guaca” jail within the capital Quito after efficiently penetrating the jail’s safety system.

Ecuador declares state of emergency after Los Choneros gang chief Vito flees – President of Ecuador, archive picture

Macias, 41, is taken into account one in all Ecuador’s most harmful criminals and is the chief of the “Los Choneros” gang, energetic in drug, arms and human trafficking.

The declaration of a state of emergency in Ecuador comes after Macias’ escape sparked riots and mutinies in a number of prisons throughout the nation, resulting in the deaths of dozens of prisoners.

Noboa pledged to re-arrest Macias and produce him to justice, and stated the state of emergency would assist authorities strengthen safety within the nation.

Emergency in Ecuador after Vito’s escape. Archive picture

A number of media shops have reported that Macias’ escape constitutes a critical occasion in Ecuador, because it poses a risk to public safety within the nation and in addition highlights the weak point of the safety system in Ecuadorian prisons.