Monday, January 16, 2012

Puzzle as convicted Nollywood actress escapes prison custody

PRISON officials at the Hadejia Prisons in Jigawa State are still battling to unravel the circumstances surrounding the 'mysterious' disappearance from custody, of a convicted Nollywood actress, Rabi Ismaila. The Kano -based actress said to have made her marks in Hausa home videos is popularly called Rabi Cecilia by her numerous fans.

But she was reportedly sentenced to death by hanging in 2005 by a Kano High Court for the alleged murder of her boyfriend. Vanguard gathered that the actress whose whereabout could not be ascertained may have been aided by some prisons warders to flee custody.

Corroborating the speculations, the Jigawa state comptroller of Prison, revealed that when he was told of the escape on December 15, 2011 without breaking the walls or digging a long underground tunnel, he concluded that the prisoner must have been aided internally. 'I just told the officer in charge of the prison that it is a clear inside plot because there was no way the actress could have escaped from the Hadejia prison without the help of an insider.

What I did immediately was to interrogate all the prison wardens on duty when it was discovered that the six prison warders on duty including three female warders may have collaborated and aided her to escape" However, sources said the state police command has since swung into action with a view to tracking down the fleeing prisoner.

Describing the escape as "unfortunate" the comptroller assured that all those involve in the escape of the prisoner will be brought to book, adding that his men were already working around the clock to ensure that the escapee was rounded up wherever she was hiding.

Interestingly, sources said Rabi's escape from prison, was discovered when a prison warden went on the usual roll call in the morning on the December 16,2011 and discovered that she was not on her bed.

She subsequently raised an alarm that the actress prisoner had escaped. This was about six months after the Nigerian apex court upheld the verdict of the two lower courts that she should die by hanging in July last year.

Actress Rabi Ismail 39, was convicted on 5 January 2005.

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