Captain John Conteh, a fugitive wanted for his involvement in the failed November 26th coup attempt, was shot dead by police on Wednesday after attempting to escape custody.

Sierraloaded learnt that Conteh was apprehended at his mother’s residence in Mayenkineh, Calaba Town, on Wednesday morning.

Authorities reported that Conteh was being transported to the Jui Detention Center when he attempted to overpower an officer.

According to police statements, Conteh’s handcuffs were loosened due to the need to cross a river during transport. He allegedly struck an officer, jumped from the vehicle, and fled on foot. Police pursued and opened fire, fatally wounding Conteh. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Conteh’s mother was also arrested on charges of harboring a fugitive.