Police have recaptured one of the inmates who fled the Medium Security Correctional Centre, Kuje following an attack on the facility by terrorists.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Niger State, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the arrest of the suspect identified as Kazeem Murtala in a statement on Monday.
“In view of the recent attack on the Kuje custodial centre and escape of some inmates, on 9/07/2022 (Saturday) at about 2030hrs, police operatives attached to ‘A’ Division Suleja while on patrol around the General Hospital (in) Suleja down to Bakasi area of Suleja and based on credible intelligence, stormed an identified compound and arrested one Kazeem Murtala aged 54 years,” he said.
“During interrogation, the inmate confessed that he escaped from the Kuje custodial centre during the attack where he was serving jail term after conviction for an offence he committed, and he has been in the custody for the past two years.”
According to Abiodun, the Commissioner of Police in Niger, Monday Kuryas, has directed that the inmate be transferred to the custodial centre.
While noting that the directive was swiftly effected without any delay, the command’s spokesman said the police commissioner commended the effort of the patrol team.
Kuryas, Abiodun stated, also appreciated members of the public for giving such intelligence to the police and urged them to sustain the effort towards fighting crime and criminality in Niger State.