Rabi Ismail, an actress who escaped from prison about six years ago after being sentenced to death, has been recaptured.


The actress escaped from custody in Hadejia prison, Jigawa state, on December 16, 2011.

Francis Enobore, spokesperson for the prisons authorities, confirmed that Ismail was rearrested through a collaboration between the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) and the State Security Service (SSS).

Ismail was in 2005 found guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced to death by a high court in Kano.


She was alleged to have murdered her boyfriend, Ibrahim Auwalu, in 2002.

The actress was said to have lured Ibrahim to a picnic at Tiga Dam, where she poisoned him with chocolate and pushed him into the dam.

She was initially held at the Kaduna central prison from where she was transferred to Hadejia prison before she escaped.


In July 2011, the court of appeal upheld the sentence of the lower court that sentenced her to death by hanging.

The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), at the time, criticised the justice system over the death sentence penalty.

The guild also pleaded with the Goodluck Jonathan administration to wade into the matter.

Segun Arinze, Paul Obazele and Kate Henshaw were among those who were averse to the judgment of the court.


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