The Oasis Reporters
March 28, 2018
Six Suspects In Melaye Investigation Broke Jail, earlier, Wednesday
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris looks like a man without an impervious skin, after all. His name has taken a real drubbing from Benue stakeholders including the governor and a large section of the press with some uncharitable comments calling him a spokesman for the much detested Herdsmen militia group covering body, Miyetti Allah.
Worse was to come his way when the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari openly accused him of flouting his instructions to relocate to Benue following the January killings of indigenous people of the middle belt state who are predominantly farmers, facing the bloodletting of the fourth most dangerous terrorist group in the world, the Fulani herdsmen militia attacks. The press did not spare his hide.
To redeem his battered image in the eyes of the public, the IGP has acted promptly to fire the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, from his post after six suspects in police custody escaped in Lokoja, the Kogi capital, in the matter concerning Senator Dino Melaye.
Ibrahim Idris equally redeployed the Commander of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Kogi, the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja, where the suspects escaped, and other police officers implicated in the jailbreak. They were punished for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct.
The development was announced in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood.
The suspects were alleged to have received weapons and cash from Melaye, who has since denied having any involvement with the suspects.
The Police declared Melaye wanted Wednesday following his refusal to meet with investigators in Lokoja.
Esa Sunday Ogbu, Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations, Force Headquarters, was promptly named same day to take over as the new Police Commissioner, Kogi State Police Command.
The directive was given on Wednesday, March 28, by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, same day the jailbreak occurred.
“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni, dissatisfied with the circumstances surrounding the escape of six (6) suspects including two (2) Principal Suspects (KABIRU SEIDU A.K.A OSAMA, NUHU SALISU A.K.A SMALL) who indicted Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu in a case of Conspiracy and Unlawful possession of Prohibited Firearm already filed at the Federal High Court, Lokoja which came up in court today, 28th March, 2018, has ordered the immediate removal of Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command, CP Ali Janga,” the statement read.
“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 (6) suspects have also been transferred out of the State and are facing serious disciplinary action.
“Thirteen (13) other Police officers are currently being detained and investigated for their roles in the escape.
“CP Esa Sunday Ogbu, Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja has been directed by the IGP to immediately proceed and take over as the new Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command.”