The Kogi State Police Command on Wednesday announced the escape from detention of two suspects, Kabiru Saidu, aka Osama and Nuhu Salisu, alias Small, who only a week ago accused the senator representing Kogi West, Melaye of arm sponsorship.
This was as the lawmaker during Wednesday’s plenary threatened to sue the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for criminal trump-up allegation, undue harassment and intimidation over the allegation of conspiracy and illegal possession of fire arms preferred against him.
Both suspects alongside four others were said to have escaped the ‘A’ division cell in Lokoja, the state capital, around 3am on March 28, 2018 and forcefully went through the back door.
The Commissioner of Police, CP, in the state, Ali Janga, who confirmed the story to newsmen, said the police have declared the escapee suspects wanted along with Senator Melaye and Mohamed Audu.
He noted that the five Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, operatives and seven conventional police officer on duty have been detained by the command for interrogation, stressing that when he visited the scene of the incident; it was obvious that there was conspiracy between some police officers and the runaway suspects.
“When I got to the scene of the incident; what I observed is a constructive escape. Because, the padlock to one of the exhibit room through which the suspects escaped was opened. And they use hammers, nail cutter, and shovel to hit the iron bar of the window, bend it and remove one block.
“Three of our SARS operatives were even behind the cell, and two in front, including some conventional police officers and two station guard. Definitely I believe there is serious connivance that led to the escape of the six suspects” the police commissioner said, vowing that whoever was behind the incident will brought to book irrespective of theirs rank in the police force.
Standing on order 43, Melaye declared on the floor of the upper chamber that the two criminal suspects who double as his accusers have escaped from detention.
The lawmaker said he was told this morning by his loyalists that there was an incident of jail break in Kogi state. And that the two suspects standing trial who had accused him of giving N430,000 to them and further equipped them with illegal fire arms have escaped from detention.
Melaye pointedly accused the police of masterminding the jail break to enable the suspects to escape, stating that it was a panicky measure by the police following the investigation panel constituted by the Senate and intervention of the international community in the matter.