Oyemachi Maduabuchi, an inmate who escaped from the Owerri Correctional Centre in Imo State, has been re-arrested in Lagos.
Olumuyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson of the Lagos State police command disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
Adejobi said Maduabuchi escaped after a jail break in Imo on April 5.
The police command’s spokesperson stated that the suspect fled Owerri the same day he escaped from jail and travelled to his village, Fegge in Onitsha, Anambra, to meet his mother who later linked him up with his elder sister, Amarachi, of Customs Bus Stop in Ijegun, Lagos.
Adejobi said Amarachi then invited Maduabuchi to Lagos on April 19.
“The suspect was kept in the sister’s house where she used to lead him to church for special deliverance service.
“In the process, after the night vigil on April 20, at Bride Assembly Church, Ijesha Area of Lagos State, the suspect allegedly stole the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) and the memory cards of a member of the church.
“He was eventually arrested and the stolen items recovered from him.
“In the course of police investigation, it was revealed that the suspect has been standing trial since 2009 for Conspiracy, Armed Robbery and Arson before Justice Nna Amadi of Mgbidi High Court 1, in Imo”, he said.
The police spokesperson said Maduabuchi has confessed to the crime.
Adejobi said the commissioner of police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that he should be handed over to the Nigerian Correctional Service for further investigation and necessary action.
“The Commissioner of Police, therefore, assured the general public that the command will not relent on its efforts in making the state safe and peaceful for all and sundry to live in,” he also stated.