The inspector-general of police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, ordered the immediate removal of the Kogi commissioner of police, CP Ali Janga, following the escape of six suspects, including the two principal suspects who indicted Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu in a case of conspiracy and unlawful possession of Prohibited Firearms already filed at the Federal High Court, Lokoja, which came up in court on March 28, 2018.
CP Ali Janga was replaced by commissioner of police, Federal Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CP Esa Sunday Ogbu. Force spokesman, ACP Jimoh Moshood, in a statement, said “the Commander, FSARS in the state, the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja, and other police officers implicated in the escape for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct in the escape of the six suspects have also been transferred out of the state and are facing serious disciplinary action.”
Moshood revealed that 13 other police officers are currently being detained and investigated for their roles in the escape. He further disclosed that the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad and other personnel of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department had already arrived in Kogi State to work with the police personnel in the state for immediate re-arrest of the escaped suspects.
According to him, the team will also carry out detailed investigation into the escape and bring all those involved to justice. Meanwhile, Senator Dino Melaye, Mohammed Audu and six other suspects involved in the gun running allegation against Melaye have been put on the watch list of INTERPOL by the Kogi State Police Command.
Consequently, they would be arrested anywhere they are seen. Senator Melaye and Audu, son of the former governor of the state, the late Prince Abubakar Audu, had been declared wanted in Nigeria for allegedly failing to appear in court to answer charges of gun running.
LEADERSHIP also learnt that six suspects, including the two who had indicted Melaye and Audu, have escaped from jail. A statement signed by the former Kogi State commissioner of police, Ali Janga, said: “Six 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 in detention at the ‘A’ Division, Lokoja, escaped from lawful custody.
“Four of the suspects are on court remand, including the two that indicted Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu. “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 anywhere we see them.”
The command 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. However, Melaye, yesterday decried the purported disappearance of the suspects in his gun-running allegation.
He asked the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to produce them within 48 hours. The police had declared Melaye wanted but the Senator said he would seek legal redress on the matter. Melaye asserted that the escape of the suspects prior to his arraignment was a deliberate ploy to scuttle the matter and damage his reputation, saying he would seek legal redress.
Raising a motion on order 43 of Senate rules, Melaye informed the Senate that he was ready to respond to the allegations levelled against him, but that the suspects had escaped from the custody of the police ahead of his (Melaye) arraignment before a court in Kogi State yesterday.
According to him, his lawyers had appeared in court but his accusers were said to have escaped from jail, adding that he would seek legal redress if the police boss failed to re-arrest the suspects.