Kaduna state police force operatives have re-arrested five of the inmates that escaped from a correctional centre in Edo State last month.
While parading 35 suspects in Abuja on Monday, November 30, 2020, Force spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba, said five of the escape inmates were caught committing crimes.
The gang was caught in Kaduna State by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team for armed robbery, car theft, and unlawful possession of firearms.
According to the leader of the gang, Onaruje Benjamin, according to Mba, snatched a car 30 minutes after his October escape before he teamed up with the rest of the other inmates. He was on death row at the time of his escape after he was convicted for conspiracy and armed robbery.
Other members of the gang that also escaped in October and have been re-arrested are Adebayo Opeyemi, Peter Felix Osas, Frank Odion Oloye, and Alhaji Hudu Musa.
The gang snatched cars from drivers and sold the stolen vehicles in the neighbouring Niger Republic, according to Mba.
“Five vehicles earlier snatched from their owners at gunpoint in different parts of the country were recovered from the gang,” he said.
It’s unclear how many of the nearly 2,000 inmates that escaped over a month ago have surrendered or been re-arrested.