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A condemned prisoner, Rabi Ismail, who escaped from lawful custody in Hadejia prison on December 16, 2011, has been recaptured.

The fugitive was arrested by the Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Prisons Service with the support of men of the Department of State Services.

Prisoner on death row captured after he escaped five years ago

Ismail was sentenced to death by hanging for culpable homicide by a High Court in Kano on January 5, 2005.

She was subsequently held in Kaduna Central Prison from where she was transferred to Hadejia prison before she escaped about five years ago, the prison service public relations officer, Francis Enobore, said in a statement on Tuesday.

He expressed the appreciation of the Controller-General of Prisons, Jaa’faru Ahmed, to the DSS and the police for their assistance in recapturing the fugitive.

He appealed to members of the public to continue to provide useful information on escapees and indeed any criminal element in their midst to security agents, noting that such outlaws posed a security threat to the society.

Enobore said the CG said that security measures had been strengthened to prevent inmates in prison custody from escaping.

“Furthermore, escapees still at large will be fished out of their hidings no matter how long it takes to do so,” he assured.

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