Police rearrest Kogi jailbreak suspects

Police have rearrested the last of the suspects, who reportedly escaped from custody in Lokoja the Kogi State capital last week.

The suspect, Kabiru Saidu, also known as Osama, is one of six suspects who escaped from the custody of the ‘A’ division of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

A police source, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists said that the suspect was arrested by detectives in Bauchi on Sunday night and taken to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The police source confirmed that all the suspects who broke out of jail where they were being held pending their court appearance, have been rearrested.

Saidu and the other suspects had been arrested for various crimes claiming they were being armed and funded by the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye.

Following their escape on the eve of their arraignment, the lawmaker, Senator Melaye challenged the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim 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 during a Senate plenary last week.

It is widely believed that the suspect allegedly planned and coordinated the escape, with the assistance of some police officers.

His initial escape from the cell has led to the immediate removal of the then Commissioner of Police, Mr Ali Janga by the IGP.

The police boss also changed the state Commander of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct.

He also redeployed the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja, where the suspects escaped, and other police officers implicated in the escape for the same offence.

He 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 the north-central state.

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