Police arrest fleeing Imo inmate for alleged Sim card theft in Lagos

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Operatives of the Lagos Police Command have arrested an inmate who escaped from the Owerri Correctional facility during the jailbreak in April over alleged theft of Subscriber Identification Module () card.

The suspect, Oyemachi Maduabuchi, 34, was alleged to have stolen the and a memory card belonging to a member of a church his elder sister took him to for deliverance on April 20, a day after he arrived Lagos.

It was learnt that the suspect, who was in prison for 12 years awaiting trial on of conspiracy, armed robbery and arson, was at the verge of regaining his freedom through an of settlement process being pursued by his family before he escaped from the facility the night of jailbreak.

As soon as he left the prison facility, he was said to have gone to his hometown, Onitsha in to see his mother, who then linked him up his elder sister, Amarachi, a resident of Bus Stop, Ijegun, Lagos.

Maduabuchi, according to a statement by police spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, came to Lagos on April 19 and was taken to a church in Ijesha for special deliverance the following day but ended up stealing the items.

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“The sister thereafter invited him to Lagos on April 19. The suspect was kept in the sister’ house where she used to lead him to church for special deliverance .

“In the process, after the night vigil on April 20, at Bride Assembly Church, Ijesha, the suspect allegedly stole the and memory cards of a member (name withheld) of the church before he was eventually arrested and the stolen items recovered from him.

“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 Mgbidi 1, at Mgbidi, Imo State.

“The suspect has confessed to the crime while the , Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the suspect should be handed over to the Nigerian Correctional for further investigation and necessary action.

“The therefore assured the general public that the command not relent on its efforts in making the state safe and peaceful for all and sundry to live in as all hands are on deck to effectively police Lagos State,” said Adejobi.