Rabi was sentenced to death by hanging for culpable homicide by a High Court in Kano on January 5, 2005 for killing her boyfriend, Auwalu Ibrahim.

Her motive according to the court was to acquire his property.

She, however, escaped from prison about six years ago, after being sentenced to death.

According to the spokesperson for the Prisons authorities, Francis Enobore, Ismail was recaptured by the Intelligence Unit of the Nigerian Prisons Service with the support of men of the State Security Service.

Ismail was subsequently held in Kaduna Central prison from where she was transferred to Hadejia prison.

In July 2011, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the lower courts that sentenced her to death by hanging.

The court found her guilty for drugging and drowning Ibrahim in 2002 in Kano. 

Rabi who was 39 years old when she escaped six years ago, had lured Ibrahim to a picnic at Tiga Dam, where she poisoned him with chocolate and pushed him into the dam.

The Controller General of Prisons expressed appreciation to the assistance rendered by security agencies particularly the SSS and the police in arresting the fugitive.