Kuje Jailbreak: Escaped suspected terrorist arrested with drug in Abuja


Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have arrested one of the wanted terror suspects who escaped from the Medium Security Correctional Centre, Kuje in Abuja, following an attack on the facility by terrorists.

The Director of Media and Advocacy at the NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, who confirmed this in a statement on Monday identified the suspect as Suleiman Sidi.

Checks by Channels Television also showed that the suspect hailed from Borno State in the north-east region of the country.

Although the pictures are the same, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) had while declaring the suspect alongside 68 others wanted, identified him as Suleiman Idi.

“The fleeing suspect, Suleiman Sidi, was arrested in the early hours of Monday 11th July at Area 1 Motor Park in the Federal Capital Territory while attempting to board a commercial vehicle to Maiduguri, Borno State,” said Babafemi.

“When he was searched, three wraps of cannabis sativa were found on him. During a preliminary interview, the wanted terror suspect confirmed he was remanded at the Kuje correctional centre for terrorism and robbery charges, adding that he was indeed one of the inmates who escaped from the facility last Tuesday.

“While commending the officers and men of the FCT Command of the Agency for the arrest and their vigilance, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has directed that the wanted suspect should be immediately handed over to the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCoS.”

Suleiman’s arrest came three days after another suspected terrorist who fled the correctional facility, Hassan Hassan, was recaptured in Nasarawa State. (Channels TV)