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Inmate changes name, re-arrested five years after jailbreak

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Inmate changes name, re-arrested five years after jailbreak

Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit have re-arrested one of the 20 inmates who escaped from Sagamu Prison in January 2013. To hide his identity, after escaping from prison, the inmate changed his name from Akeem Akinyemi to Akeem Fijabi and became a notorious thug in Sagamu. The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Command of the Nigerian Prison Service, Victor Oyeleke, confirmed the arrest of the inmate. Oyeleke added that Akinyemi would be made to face the “offence of escaping from prison”. The suspect, who was remanded in prison for armed robbery then, connived with 19 other inmates of the Sagamu Prison and perforated the prison wall before they escaped.

The then Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prison Service, Zakari Ibrahim, during an inspection of the prison, confirmed the jail break to journalists. He said then that four of the inmates were later re-arrested. It was learnt that apart from armed robbery case which took Akinyemi to prison then, he now has two other cases of attempted murder and jail break to answer.

A prison official, who pleaded anonymity, said “he was arrested in 2011 for armed robbery but joined others to escape from prison in 2013. “Two years after his escape from prison, he became the leader of a group of thugs, who worked for a land grabber and in 2015 he attacked a man with a machete. The victim narrowly escaped death but had his body deformed”.

The official added that Akinyemi had been on the wanted list of the police since then but nobody knew him as Akeem Akinyemi, who escaped from the prison then. “He was identified as Akeem Fijabi,” the official said. Trouble actually started for Akinyemi a few days ago when operatives of the IGP Monitoring Unit invaded a troubled community in Sagamu GRA and arrested Akinyemi and six others with dangerous weapons. He was arraigned by the police and was remanded in the same Sagamu Prison, where his identity was actually confirmed. “I have confirmed that the inmate has been re-arrested,” Oyeleke said.

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