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Police rearrests fleeing Imo inmate after stealing SIM card in Lagos

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Nigerian Police, Lagos Command has rearrested 34-year-old Oyemachi Maduabuchi, one of the inmates that fled from Owerri Correctional Centres, Imo State during a jailbreak, after he allegedly stole a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) and memory cards around Ijesha axis of the state.

Maduabuchi, who was arrested after stealing a worshipper’s SIM and memory cards at Bride Assembly Church, Ijesha, where he attended with his sister, Amarachi Maduabuchi, who had sheltered him after fleeing from the jail in Owerri to avoid completion of his trials.

The fleeing inmate was said to have visited the church for vigil alongside the sister and during the session, he had allegedly stolen SIM and memory cards of a fellow worshipper (name withheld) of the church.

As gathered, the worshipper raised alarm after the session on discovering that both items were removed from the phone, alerted the Nigerian Police, and during interrogation identified Maduabuchi as a major suspect.

The Guild learnt that during investigations by the law enforcement agency to ascertain clear state of the issue recovered the stolen items from him.

Confirming the arrest on Tuesday, the Police spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, hinted that Maduabuchi was rearrested 18 days after fleeing from the correctional center to Lagos.

Adejobi, in a statement made available to The Guild, added that the suspect has confessed to the crime while the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State,  Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the suspect should be handed over to the Nigerian Correctional Service for further investigation and necessary action.

The statement reads in part: “The Lagos State Police Command on 23rd April, 2021, rearrested one Oyemachi Maduabuchi, m, 34, who escaped from the Owerri Correctional Centres, Imo State, after the jailbreak that occurred on 5th April, 2021 at 2 am”.

“The suspect, who fled Owerri that same day, 5th Apri, 2021, moved to his village, Fegge in Onitsha, Anambra State, to meet his mother who later linked him up with his elder sister, Amarachi Maduabuchi, f, of Customs Bus Stop Ijegun Lagos. The sister thereafter invited him to Lagos on 19th April, 2021.

“In the course of Police investigation, it was revealed that the suspect has been standing trial since 2009 for Conspiracy, Armed Robbery, and Arson before Justice Nna Amadi of Ngbidi High Court 1, at Ngbidi in Imo State”.

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