To avoid deportation, Nigerian escapes from Indian prison

Photo credit: Today.ng
Photo credit: Today.ng

A Nigerian drug peddler, John Okoro, who had served a prison term and was a few hours from being deported has made a daring escape from the Anti-Narcotics Cell’s custody, Indian newspapers have reported.

Okoro, 35, had sought permission to step out of the detention room on the first floor of the agency’s Azad Maidan office around 2 a m, saying he wanted to use the toilet, and then jumped from the balcony. He crashed through the asbestos roof and fled on foot.

The constable guarding him also leaped from the balcony in a desperate attempt to nab him, but ended up injured. He is recovering at the Nagpada police hospital.

The Anti-Narcotics Cell’s Azad Maidan office is barely 15 feet from the local police station. The office shares a wall with the police’s station detection room. The Esplanade court is in the same compound.

An alert has been issued for Okoro, who was convicted for trying to selling banned substances in 2014 and recently completed his jail term.

Before his conviction, the 35-year-old Nigerian lived in Koparkhairane, Navi Mumbai. After his prison sentence ended, he was placed under the ANC’s custody on December 31 and he was due to be deported on Monday afternoon.

“Around 2 am, Okoro told the constable on guard that he wanted to visit the washroom. He was being taken there when he jumped from the balcony. He landed on the asbestos roof, which immediately gave away,” a police officer said. “He ran in the directions of Mahapalika Marg.”

Another officer said a manhunt had been launched and the Anti-Narcotics Cell had asked informers to be on the lookout. Okoro was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and slippers.

Fresh charges stemming from his daring escape have been registered at the Azad Maidan police again.

*Originally reported by Mumbai Mirror


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  • Julius

    Lmaooooooooo, heheheheheh, hahahahahaha, hohohohohoho !! Make I stop small !

  • Abdullah Musa

    Igbo Elders!
    It does not worry you that 99.9% of captured drug peddlers from Nigeria are Igbos?

    • thusspokez

      Dear mørøn, keep your silly tribalism out of the discussion.

    • Patrick

      Does it worry northern elders that looters of public treasury, paedophiles and insurgents are from the northern region?

      • Abdullah Musa

        It worries us that people cannot face up to their lapses because of tribalism.
        You know you are lying to yourself when yo say looting is a northern affair.
        Same when Aba girls are reported to start sex by age ten.
        Is your cup of tea not mine if you refuse to address your social problems.

    • landro

      What worries us more is that because of tribalism, talented people like John Okoro had no option than to become a drug peddler. It worries us more that hausa/Fulani would resort to sponsoring boko haram in order to take government back. It worries us much more that not even a single captured boko haram has been tried or made to pay for their atrocities, which implies buhari supports boko haram. It worries us greatly that buhari took out a $2.1 billion world bank loan to enable the government take care of people displaced by boko haram, but then turned around and left the feeing of IDP to the Red Cross and U.N.

      • Abdullah Musa

        Talented people don’t become drug peddlers.
        Being a drug peddler comes from get rich anyhow mentality.
        Only a robot may believe your theory on Boko Haram.
        But I don’t blame you, hatred blinds us.
        But do yourself a favor, don’t let hatred for Hausas stop you from making your society better.
        Don’t you have governors, LG chairmen, rich business men?
        Is it only federal government that can train your youths?

        • Sgt Soros

          Bingo, well said AM!

          • Abdullah Musa

            Many thanks Sgt.

      • Julius

        Is John Okoro a talented man ? So, this is what you call talent in biafraud . Yeah buddy, Thanks for telling the truth. But, if somebody else has said that, you will be calling him/her a bigot.

        • Abdullah Musa

          Thanks Julius for directing their thoughts to right direction.

  • thusspokez

    This would make an excellent script for an Indian movie. Throw in some song and dance — as it is customary in Indian movies — and you will have a 2017 blockbuster movie!

  • Abdullah Musa

    You don’t like the face the mirror reflects back to you O Intelligent one?
    You must one day address your deficiencies and stop casting aspersions on others.

  • Rommel

    We don’t need such kinds of people in Nigeria anymore, with such attitude,he would easily become a hardened armed robber should he come back,I hope they capture,incarcerate him and throw the key away

    • EQUITY

      It is evident that Mr Okoro not only has exquisite skills in High Jump but also in Sprints and Long Distance events. Such a gifted Nigerian deserve praises more that thieves like Dogaran, Jujubrin and even our very dearest Farouk Liwan who skills in cash concealment of stolen Dollars has no rivalry. If such undesirable elements still hold public offices in Nigeria and are not in prison, why should a gifted athlete and artist like Mr Okoro be vilified?

      • Gbola

        Stop heaping praises on a bloody criminal.

        If he was that good an athlete, he should have contested in sports and made himself known in the Olympics.

        Stop condoning criminality.
        Stop celebrating a criminal.

        This is a Moron who dealt in drugs / narcortics and had most probably destroyed lots of lives for his own criminal gain.

        Abegiiii

        • Julius

          Bro, you are looking at the VP if not the PRESIDENT of the new republic ..biafraud.

          • Gbola

            Lolll.

            Just imagine the guy.
            Trying to spin this into a praise.

          • Julius

            That tells you the mentality and suitability of the people we are dealing with bro.I can assure you, he meant what he said.

        • thusspokez

          Stop heaping praises on a bloody criminal.

          Go and chill in the humour refrigerator. But seriously, if he were British, I bet you that ‘Auntie BBC’ would be telling the world that he had been framed; that drugs had been planted on him person and belongings; that the Indian police and courts are corrupt.

          • Gbola

            “IF”.

            “If he were british”.

            I am NOT interested in your “IFs”.

            Simply address the REAL ISSUE and move right alomg.

            Stop searching for ways to minimize his drug Pushing Crime.

          • thusspokez

            You are taking yourself too seriously. Maybe you have no sense of humour. Some posters on this forum are commenting ‘tongue in check’, but you don’t see this for whatever other reason that is bothering you. Instead, you want to preach! I say, go get a life!

      • Julius

        He should come back to biafraud and run for the president of that new republic. I agree with you.

    • thusspokez

      We don’t need such kinds of people in Nigeria anymore

      Okay, but you must start with his ilk who are already in Nigeria — particularly in politics.

      I suggest that you start a programme; let’s name it, The Atlantic Ocean Pogrom [oops! Programme] (AOP). This will involve dropping into the Atlantic ocean the ‘such-kinds-of-people’. But unfortunately, the programme will pose a big problem for Buhari as he will be left with no ministers and chairpersons of…. In fact, Nigeria might end up losing all its politicians in such a programme!

    • Sgt Soros

      It’s better to create a sovereign state to dump these Yibo, drug pushers, armed robbers, 419ers and all other criminal misfits, so the rest of us are free from their criminal mischief making. Yibo’s are hardworking my ass!

    • Abdullah Musa

      Hope they engage in soul-searching.

  • EQUITY

    .
    It is evident that Mr Okoro not only has exquisite skills in High Jump but also in Sprints and Long Distance events. Such a gifted Nigerian deserve praises more that thieves like Dogaran, Jujubrin and even our very dearest Farouk Liwan who skills in cash concealment of stolen Dollars has no rivalry. If such undesirable elements still hold public offices in Nigeria and are not in prison, why should a gifted athlete and artist like Mr Okoro be vilified?

    • Tonnero

      I am going to assume you are being satirical.

  • MammanJiyaVatsa

    Okoro the runner !

  • Shahokaya

    That 99% drug dealers in Nigeria are biafrunds is no longer an assumption but a fact!

    • Abdullah Musa

      Hope they will listen to you.