Six suspected criminals who attempted to kill a senator increasingly perceived by the federal government of Nigeria as an enemy have all escaped from police custody.
Police said an international arrest warrant for the six persons who attempted to kill Senator Dino Melaye from Kogi state has been launched, and the Senator gave police 48 hours to “produce” them.
Why it matters: Most institutions are corrupt and unreliable in Nigeria, and the police force is often used by government officials to rig elections, harass political enemies and help friends escape justice. The “escape” would be considered foul play by many.
“The Nigeria Police Force, Kogi State Police Command today 28th March, 2018 received a news that six (6) suspected criminal elements namely; Kabiru Seidu a.k.a Osama, Nuhu Salisu a.k.a Small, Aliyu Isa, Adams Suleiman, Emmanuel Audu and Musa Mohammed who were under detention at the ‘A’ Division Lokoja escaped from lawful custody. Four of the suspects were on court remand including two that indicted Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audi.
“Consequently, all the six suspects, Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu were sent for watch listing and red notice by the INTERPOL for immediate arrest any where we see them.
“The Command hereby appealed to the members of the public to assist the Police with useful information on the whereabouts of the suspects by reporting to the nearest Police Station.
“Investigation into the unfortunate incident is ongoing, while the thirteen (13) Police Officers who were on duty when the incident occurred were defaulted and detained for interrogation.
“Members of the public are hereby enjoined to go about their lawful duty as the Command is determined in ensuring adequate security of lives and property in Kogi State,” said the commissioner of Police in Kogi, Ali A. Janga.