The police say they have rearrested an inmate who recently escaped from the Owerri prison in Imo State.
The Police disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday by its spokesperson in Imo State, Ikeokwu Godson Orlando, identifying the rearrested inmate as Eze Obinna, from Amaimo, Ikeduru Local Government Area of the state.
He added that Obinna had been involved in series of kidnap incidents lately.
“The operatives while acting on the directives of the Commissioner of Police, CP ABUTU YARO, fdc to rid Imo state of crime and criminality to take the war against violent crime to the den of the hoodlums, as well as rearrest the escapee inmates of the Correctional services stormed Obinze, Owerri West LGA, Imo State, arrested the said Eze Obinna whom has since his escape from the prison, formed another deadly kidnap gang and have been terrorising Owerri and environs,” Ikeokwu said.
According to the police, the suspect was arrest in December 2020 by the operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, for kidnapping a victim, where he personally transferred the sum of five million naira from the victim’s Bank account to his own account.
He was said to have and later collected the sum of four million Naira cash, as ransom from the same victim, while the victims Toyota Venza car is yet to be recovered.
Three AK-47 rifles with a large number of ammunition were also recovered from him and his accomplices then.
1,844 prisoners had escaped from the Owerri prison on April 5 when gunmen attacked the correctional facility with explosives.