By WALLACE KIALA
A PRISONER, who escaped from Bomana jail while serving time for murder, was recaptured yesterday.
Ariki Badi was convicted of murder and jailed for 20 years after detonating a hand grenade and dynamite which killed a Tatana man and seriously wounded five others during a clash between Tatana and Baruni villagers in 2001.
Badi was recaptured at Baruni village last night.
Police told The National Badi, 27, from Baruni village was serving time for his crime when he escaped from lawful custody in the mass break-out of the Bomana prison with 52 other prisoners last September.
Badi has been on the run from police since.
Police said they had been monitoring his movements in the past few days after getting a tip-off.
They closed in on him around 6pm at the Baruni village main market.
Earlier yesterday, the same police unit that recaptured Badi and who are engaged in the operations to track down those who escaped from Bomana on Jan 12, also caught another suspect wanted by police in connection with the murder of businessman Sir George Constantinou.
Fogi Elep, 20, from Tapini in the Goilala district, Central province, gave up during a police chase, just avoided being shot at, along the hills behind the Tete settlement on the outskirts of the Gerehu suburb at around 3pm yesterday.
Police said Elep was believed to be the last of the four main suspects wanted by police for Sir George’s murder in 2008.
Three of the main suspects were caught earlier this year.
Both men were taken to the Boroko Police station last night where they were charged for escaping lawful custody.
Meanwhile, the movements by the five remaining high risk prisoners from the Bomana jail on Jan 12 are closely being monitored around the city by police special operations unit.
Those harbouring these criminals are warned that they would face the full force of the law if they are caught.