A condemned Hausa film actress, Rabi Ismail, who escaped from lawful custody in Hadejia Prison on December 16, 2011, has been recaptured by the Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Prisons Service with the support of men of the State Security Service, SSS.
Ismail was sentenced to death by hanging for culpable homicide by a High Court in Kano on the 5th of January, 2005. She was subsequently held in Kaduna Central prison from where she was transferred to Hadejia prison before she escaped about 6 years ago.
In July 2011, the Supreme Court upheld the sentence of the lower courts that sentenced her to death by hanging for killing a male friend, Auwalu Ibrahim, to acquire his property. The court found her guilty for drugging and drowning Mr Ibrahim in 2002 in Kano.
Before her arrest, Actress Rabi Ismaila, popularly called Rabi Cecilia by her fans, was said to be very ruthless. She was very popular and she’s said to know top politicians. She lived at the alleged notorious Abedi street of Sabon Gari, Kano, as a prostitute. The single mother of two was said to have spiritual powers, so no one dared say anything bad about her.
The controller general of prisons expressed appreciation to the assistance rendered by security agencies particularly the SSS and the police in arresting the fugitive.
He urged the general public to continue giving information that will rid the society of outlaws like the Rabi Ismail. He assured that security measures have been strengthened to prevent persons in prison custody from escaping.