One of the escapees from the Kuje Medium Security Correctional Centre has been recaptured in Niger State, the state police command has said.
A statement issued in Minna on Monday by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said the escapee identified as Kazeem Murtala was recaptured by a patrol team on surveillance between the General Hospital, Suleja and Bakassi, on July 9 at 8:30p.m.
“Based on credible intelligence, the police patrol team stormed an identified compound and arrested one Kazeem Murtala aged 54 years.
“During interrogation, the inmate confessed that he escaped from Kuje Custodial Center during the attack and had been in custody for two years for an offence he committed”, he stated.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Niger Command, Mr Monday Bala Kuryas, has commended the efforts of the patrol team.
The statement quoted Kuryas as directing that the inmate should be handed back to the custodial center, which has been complied with.
The CP equally appreciated members of the public for giving useful intelligence to the Police that facilitated the quick arrest of the fleeing fugitive.
The command urged residents to continue to support with reliable information that could aid in apprehending other suspected criminals and to combat crime and criminality in the state.
It would be recalled that scores of terrorists had on July 5, launched a daring attack on the facility and bombed their way in and released 879 inmates including 64 with terror-related charges.