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Notorious carjacker who escaped from Katsina prison, rearrested


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The Katsina Command of the Nigeria Correctional Services, NCoS, has recaptured two inmates who escaped from the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Katsina in October.

One of the fugitives, Ibrahim Muhammad-Lawal, alias Abba Kala, was arrested shortly after their escape while the other, Musa Isah, was arrested on Tuesday in Kaduna.

Abba Kala was standing trial for several robbery and car snatching operations in Katsina, Plateau and other neighbouring states.

While in detention, sources said the notorious car Kala had allegedly used his phone to organise a successful car-snatching operation.

The rearrest of the two suspects was confirmed by the spokesman of the command, ASC Najib Idris, on Wednesday in Katsina.

“A search party was immediately constituted in collaboration with sister security agencies, and this led to the arrest of one of the fugitives, Lawal Ibrahim Muhammad-Lawal, also called ‘Abba Kala’.

“In order to recapture the remaining one, the Service deployed its e-tracking mechanism as well as overt and covert intelligence gathering.

“This resulted in the recapture of the second escapee, Musa Isah, on December 19, in Kaduna metropolis,” the command spokesman added.

He said that the controller general of corrections, Haliru Nababa, has appreciated the effort of the search team for re-arresting the fugitives.

Mr Nababa said through the controller of the command, Muhammad Abdulmumin, that he would intensify efforts to secure all custodial centres in the country.



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