On May 2, 2024, BraveHeart Initiative for Youth & Women welcome the news of the rearrest of Mr. Jacob Alonge, a fugitive who has been on the run for four years.

Mr. Alonge escaped from Nigeria Correctional Services Edo State in October 2020, where he was serving a 21-year sentence for the incestuous rape and brutalization of his teenage daughter.

The re-arrest which took place on May 2, 2024 is a victory for justice and for the parents of Rhoda Braimoh and Promise Ezekiel, two of the BraveHeart Initiative staff involved in the court prosecution who died in a mysterious accident alongside others.

For four years, Mr. Alonge received tipoffs and avoided rearrests in the protection of his community in Ososo. Ironically, the arrest today would have been impossible without the tipoff and collaboration of concerned men and women in his community where Alonge has been enjoying protection, according to the briefing from the Nigeria Police.

The re-arrest confirms the maxim that the hands of the law are never too short to catch up with a criminal. We are encouraged by the determination and courage of the undercover police officers who work tirelessly to effect the final arrest.

We call on the Nigeria Correctional Services to take adequate steps to prevent another escape by Alonge and to continue to prioritize the rearrest of several other inmates who escaped alongside Alonge during the 2020 jailbreak and who remained free from justice. All inmates and detainees who escaped during the jailbreak in 2020 alongside Alonge must be rearrested to restore public safety across communities in Edo state.

BHI appreciates and congratulates the Edo State Commissioner of Police, his gallant officers and the local intelligence team who stood on the side of justice by exposing and fostering the rearrest of Alonge.

We at BHI remain committed to exposing and tackling all forms of gender-based violence in Edo State. We count on the continued support of the Edo State Government, Edo State Police Command, Traditional and Religious leaders, Vigilante Groups, Youth Associations, Women Groups, Community Networks and the media.

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