A 54-year-old escapee from Kuje Prison in Abuja, Kazeem Murtala, has been recaptured by operatives of police in Suleja, Niger State.
Wasiu Abiodun, police spokesman in Niger State disclosed this in a statement on Monday. According to him, the suspect confessed to be an escaped inmate from the breached prison.
I”n view of the recent attack at Kuje Custodial Center and escape of some inmates, on 9/07/2022 about 2030hrs, Police operatives attached to ‘A’ Div Suleja while on patrol around general hospital Suleja down to Bakasi area of Suleja and based on credible intelligence, the police operatives stormed an identified compound and arrested one Kazeem Murtala aged 54yrs,” Wasiu’s statement reads in part.
“During interrogation, the inmate confessed that he escaped from Kuje Custodial Center during the attack where he was serving jail term after conviction for an offense he committed and he has been in custody for the past two years.”
Monday Bala Kuryas, the Niger State Police Commissioner, according to the police spokesman had instructed that the suspect be taken to the prison.
“However, the Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command CP Monday Bala Kuryas, fsi commended the effort of the patrol team and directed that the inmate should be transferred to the custodial center which has been complied with, without any delay,” the statement continues.
“The CP equally appreciated members of the public for giving such intelligence to the Police while he urged them to sustain such effort towards fighting crime and criminality in the state.”
On July 5, 2020, marauding jihadists besieged Kuje prison, setting free high-profile criminals loyal to Boko Haram and Islamic State In West Africa Province (ISWAP). Security operatives had since made claims of recapturing the fleeing terrorists.