The Niger State Police Command has recaptured on of the inmate who escaped from the Kuje Correctional Center, Abuja, during an attack on the facility by suspected terrorists in the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Wasiu Abiodun stated in a statement that the suspect, John Ijamu, was rearrested on Monday based on a tip-off.
According to him, the arrest is part of the command’s continued effort to recapture escaped inmates from the Kuje Custodial Center during the jailbreak.
The PPRO said Ijamu, 42, was arrested by police operatives attached to the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) of the Command after two weeks of hiding in a mosque.
He explained that the suspect hails from Apa Local Government Area of Benue State but resides along Mandela road, Minna, the capital of Niger State.
“The inmate was arrested in his residence in Minna and during interrogation; he confessed that he escaped from the custodial facility during the attack along with other inmates while he escaped further to Lapai area where he stayed in a Mosque for about two weeks before he arrived Minna on 28/07/2022.
“The suspect claimed that he was arrested in Abuja since 2020 for the offence of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and receiving stolen property and he was remanded in the facility for the above mentioned offence he committed,” Abiodun revealed.
The statement further said that the state Commissioner of Police, CP Monday Bala Kuryas has directed the immediate transfer of the inmate to the custodial centre for further necessary action.
The command then urged members of the public to be more vigilant in their various localities and avoid habouring strangers roaming about within their environment as criminal intentions may not be quickly known in order to prevent any ugly incident.