A 35-year-old Nigerian drug convict, John Okoro, who escaped from police custody in India last Monday, has been re-arrested.
Okoro was re-arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai police.
ANC sources told The Times of India that Okoro was arrested from the Navi Mumbai area, from where he was preparing to escape to Mangalore by a private bus.
Okoro resided in Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai, and was arrested in 2014 in a drug case.
The court convicted him for a three-year jail term. Okoro was sent to Nashik central prison after conviction.
Okoro was released from jail on December 31 2016 and was to be deported to Nigeria. He was brought to the ANC’s Azad Maidan lock up and kept on the first floor. He was due to be deported on the day he escaped.
On the ploy of going to the washroom, he jumped from the first floor at 2 am on Monday and escaped. He jumped from the balcony, crashing through the asbestos roof and took off on foot.
The policeman guarding him also leaped from the balcony in a frantic attempt to catch him, but ended up injured. He is recovering at the Nagpada police hospital.
An alert was instantly issued for Okoro.
“Around 2 am, Okoro told the constable on guard that he wanted to visit the washroom. He was being taken there when he jumped from the balcony. He landed on the asbestos roof, which immediately gave away,” a police officer said.
“He ran in the directions of Mahapalika Marg.”