Imo jailbreak: Escapee rearrested during robbery operation


Prison escapee ,Chinonso Kalu: re-arrested by by operatives of the Imo Command of NSCDC during a robbery operation.

By Victor Nwachukwu

A 28-year-old prison escapee identified as Chinonso Kalu has been re-arrested by operatives of the Imo Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) during a robbery operation.

Kalu, was caught by NSCDC operatives on duty at the Hero Square, Owerri, on June 6 after he was seen jumping a fence shortly after allegedly robbing unsuspecting passersby of their valuables.

Imo Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Matthew Ovye, handed over the 28-year-old suspect to officials of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) shortly after parading him and one other, in Owerri on Friday.

While handing over the suspect, Ovye said, “In the course of our investigation, it was discovered that the suspect was one of the prisoners who took advantage of the April 5, 2021 jail break in Owerri to escape from the facility.

“We’re, therefore, handing him over to the NCoS for reabsorption in the facility and other necessary actions,“ he said.

An Inspector of Corrections, Mr Casmir Obiozor, who received the escapee on behalf of NCoS, said he would be officially documented before other appropriate actions.

The state NSCDC boss further spoke on the arrest of the second suspect, 31-year-old Israel Akinregbide.

He said that Akinregbide was arrested in the same complex as Kalu on May 12, shortly after some young men jumped into the premises of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government.

He said that the suspect would be prosecuted accordingly.

Ovye thanked other security agencies in the state for their continued synergy and pledged the NSCDC’s commitment to the protection of critical government infrastructure in line with their mandate.

He also thanked Gov. Hope Uzodinma for his continued support to the corps.

He advised residents of the state not to stay out late at night, especially in lonesome environments, to avoid falling victim to criminals. (NAN)

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