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Nigerian national escapes from narcotics cell building

A 35 years old Nigerian national, brought to the city for deportation, escaped from police custody early on Monday morning, police said.

John Kennedy Chukowa Imeka Okoro had been brought from Nashik prison after his sentence of three years’ rigorous imprisonment got over, a police officer said.

Okoro, a Nigerian national who lived illegally in Koparkhairane in the neighbouring Navi Mumbai, was arrested by the police’s narcotics cell in a drug-peddling case three years ago.

He was convicted. After his prison term got over, police started the process to deport him to Nigeria and kept him at the narcotics cell’s building at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai for the time being.

Around midnight yesterday he told a policeman on guard duty that he wanted to go to the toilet. He was allowed to go, but he repeated the request again at around 2 am.

As nobody accompanied him this time, he apparently jumped from the first floor of the building and ran away, the officer said.

The police guards realised this after some time as he did not return to the lock-up.

A case was registered against him under section 224 of IPC (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension) at Azad Maidan police station and manhunt was launched, the officer said.

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