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India Re-arrests Nigerian Drug Convict after He Escaped From Police Custody



John Okoro

A Nigerian drug convict, John Okoro, who escaped from police custody in India last Monday, has been re-arrested.

Okoro, 35, 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 planning to flee to Mangalore by a private bus.

A Police source said Okoro, who resided in Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai, 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 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 fled.

On the pretext of going to the washroom, he jumped from the first floor at 2 am on Monday and fled. He jumped from the balcony, crashing through the asbestos roof and fled on foot.

The constable guarding him also leaped from the balcony in a desperate attempt to nab him, but ended up injured. He is recovering at the Nagpada police hospital.

An alert was immediately issued for Okoro, which led to his re-arrest.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. EC

    January 8, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    This is just annoying seeing posts like this. Drug related posts. Do you know how difficult it is traveling with a Nigerian passport? Men like this fool make life more difficult for the rest

  2. Sevenade

    January 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Okoro, the spirits of your ancestors want you to come back home. That they caught you is enough proof.

  3. o

    January 8, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    These guys keep soiling Nigeria’s image. But the dude that jumped after him sha…. why take such risk?

    • A Real Nigerian

      January 8, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      What image does Nigeria have?

  4. Ngozi

    January 9, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Nno, nwanne nmadu. Lotawa bike!!! Emebizinna aha anyi na Obodo ozo. Bia kowa ugbo na ala nnagi

  5. Nsikan Essien

    January 9, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Okoro its sad that you did’nt run fast enough…continue being a disgrace to this country

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