Daniel Silva, a former militant leader turned suspected kidnapper, has opened up on how he escaped from Oko Prison custody.
The suspect, Daniel Silva
The suspect, Daniel Silva, 43, a native of Ekenwan village in Benin City, the Edo State capital, southsouth Nigeria, was charged with kidnapping a business woman.
He was remanded in prison custody where he escaped but fortunately promptly re-arrested by security personnel.
Now he is detained at a Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) facility at the Edo State Police Command.
Silva disclosed: "I was a former militant leader in Benin City, and we surrendered our guns and ammunition to the Federal Government during the amnesty programme.
After that, I was placed on a monthly salary of N65,000. When this was not enough, I kidnapped a business woman in Benin City so as to get some cash.
After arrangements were made by the family of the business woman to pay the N3 million ransom I demanded, they alerted the police and I was arrested and charged to court and ordered to be remanded in prison.
While in prison I planned with my militant men through phone calls and eight of them stormed the prison and used dynamite to blow up part of the prison. This enabled me and other inmates to escape.
I was later re-arrested by operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad attached to the Edo State Police Command."
According to the Mr Folusho Ayodeji Adebanjo, Edo State Commissioner of Police, the suspect had been on the wanted list of the police.
He used a fake name, Godwin Renary, to mask his identity.
But that did not stop policemen who were on his trail after he escaped from jail from tracking him down.
The case has again been charged to Magistrate’s Court 8, Benin City, where he was also ordered to be remanded again at Oko Prison, Benin City.