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Police Arrests Kogi State Jailbreak Suspects

Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad [SARS] have arrested the suspects who escaped from custody in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

ElombahNews gathered that the last of the suspects, Kabiru Saidu, also known as Osama, was arrested in Bauchi, Sunday night, from where he was taken to Abuja.

Osama was one of six suspects who escaped from police custody of the ‘A’ division of SARS, Lokoja.

Recall that six suspects, including accusers of Senator Dino Melaye, had escaped in a reported jail break in the state.

Consequently, the police declared Senator Melaye wanted, stating that he had been under the Interpol radar.

He was declared wanted alongside Mohammed Audu, son of a former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu.

Police said the duo have also been placed on Interpol watch list for allegedly providing false information to the police in relation to an alleged attempt on Mr. Melaye’s life last year.

IGP Idris, thereafter, ordered the immediate removal of the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ali Janga, over the jailbreak.

The Inspector General of Police [IGP], Mr Ibrahim Idris later ordered the immediate removal of the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ali Janga, following the jailbreak.

IGP Idris gave the order in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, in Abuja, after the incident.

The police boss ordered the immediate removal of the State Commissioner of Police as well as the redeployment of FSARS Commander in Kogi for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct.

Also affected in the redeployment are the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja, where the suspects escaped, and other police officers implicated in the escape for the same offence.

Earlier, Mr Janga had announced that six suspects escaped from police custody in Lokoja, the state capital.

The escapees included the two men who accused Melaye of supplying them with arms.

Following their escape on the eve of their arraignment, the lawmaker challenged IGP Idris to produce the escapees or face a lawsuit.

Since the rearrest of the criminals a few days ago, the lawmaker had yet to comment on the matter.

The action of the police hierarchy is premised on the belief that the suspect planned and coordinated the escape with the assistance of the affected police officers.

Idris consequently directed the Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations at the Force Headquarters, Mr Esa Ogbu, to immediately proceed and take over as the new police boss in Kogi state.

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