Kogi CP Removed Over Escape of Suspects Linked to Senator Melaye

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday, ordered the immediate removal of Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga.
A statement by Police Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said the Commissioner was removed alongside some other senior police officers in the state for their role in the alleged escape of some suspects who were arrested in connection with the ongoing case involving Senator Dino Melaye.
The Commissioner had earlier in the day declared Melaye wanted alongside Mohammed Audu, son of a former Governor of the state, Abubakar Audu.
The Commissioner said the duo have also been placed on Interpol watch list for allegedly providing false information to the police in relation to an alleged attempt on Melaye’s life last year.
The announcement was distributed by the Force Headquarters Wednesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the IGP statement reads:”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 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.
“Furthermore, on the order of the IGP, the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team and Special Tactical Squad, Personnel of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department have already arrived in Kogi State to work with the police personnel in the state for immediate re-arrest of the escaped suspects. They are to also carry out detail investigation into the escape and bring all those involved to justice.
“The Force wishes to implore the good people of Kogi state to remain calm and assist with useful information to the Joint Police Investigation Team. They can report any information they have on the escaped suspects to the nearest Police Station in the state or any other State in the Country.”
Meanwhile, Senator, Melaye, who represents Kogi West in the Senate, has given the IGP a 48-hour ultimatum to produce two suspects involved in his case.
He also threatened to sue Idris, for “mental assault” should he fail to produce the two suspects.
He made this statement in a point of order he raised at the Senate on Wednesday, stating that they are “presumed innocent until proven guilty and they also have right to life.”
Melaye reminded the Senate of how Isah Misau (APC, Bauchi Central), brought the issue of his alleged persecution by the Nigerian Police to the floor of the senate on Tuesday as well as the senate’s resolution to investigate the matter.
“Mr. President the social media this morning was awash – and I have made confirmation that the suspects in my case who said I gave them guns and money – there is a reported case in Lokoja that there was jail break at 5a.m. this morning and the two suspects have escaped.
“Instead of producing the two persons, they asked the judge to issue a bench warrant for an arrest but the judge refused to grant their prayers and the judge said despite the fact that I have not been served, I sent representation to the court. And the main accused persons are absent in court.
“So she cannot grant a bench warrant and the matter has been adjourned to May 10,” he said.
He further explained that rumours had it that the suspect were moved from detention and that they may have been killed because yesterday two international organisations were in Kogi based on his petition to find out what was happening.
“And the senate has set up a committee that will start vigorous investigation today. Surprisingly these two people have now been declared escapees.
“I want to use the opportunity and on the principle of justice to call on the Inspector-General of police that within 48 hours, he must produce these accused persons because they are presumed innocent until proven guilty; they also have right to life.
“So police must as a matter of urgency produce these two accused persons. Failure to do so I will sue the IG for mental assault. Nigeria is not a banana republic,” he said.

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  • Johnny Zango

    Hahahaha na wa oo, Kogi state police are on his payroll, he has destroyed this case, see the way he is boasting about suing the IG, those officers must not only be dismissed they must be interrogated.

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