Police also recovered a stolen car
Five convicts who escaped from Niamey Central prison in Niger Republic have been re-arrested by the Nigerian Police in Kaduna, North-West Nigeria. Two of the convicts were serving life sentences while three others were serving various jail terms.
The new Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, Umar Shehu, disclosed this in his maiden press briefing on Monday in Kaduna.
The prisoners, who were said to be terrorising people around Barnawa area of Kaduna south local government, were arrested based on intelligence gathering.
The Commissioner gave the names of the suspects as Musa Abdullahi, 35, Hamma Mohammed, 32, Adamu Dansharo, 33, Abubakar Hussaini, 23 and Muhammadu Shehu, 28.
He also revealed that a Toyota Prado Jeep with Reg. No. NUS 479 EY which was snatched at gun point by armed bandits in Port Harcourt was recovered.
“When we received the distressed call, patrol teams were immediately alerted and the vehicle was intercepted near Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria. The bandits in a bid to escape engaged the patrol teams in fierce gun battle, where three of them were arrested while one escaped with bullet wounds. The arrested suspects are Umar Isah, 22, Dahiru Mohammed, 26, and Joshua Yarakawa, 30,” the commissioner said.
One of the suspects, Dahiru Mohammed, told journalists that he was only a victim of circumstance because he was in his house when Umar Isah came and asked him to accompany him to Kano from Lagos. He said he was a dealer in black oil and was never involved in robbery acts.
Mr. Isah, however, interrupted Mr. Mohammed, asking him to shut up. He called Mr. Mohammed a coward and stated that they were all members of the same gang and were together when they snatched the vehicle. Mr. Isah added that it was Mr. Mohammed who was driving the vehicle when they were intercepted and was the one who ordered other members to engage the police in a gun battle.