Kogi Jailbreak: Suspects Have Right To Life, Says Dino
Following the escape of six suspects involved in the arms case against Senator Dino Melaye from police custody in Kogi, the Senator has said suspects are “presumed innocent until proven guilty and they also have right to life”.
Melaye made this statement in a point of order he raised at the Senate on Wednesday.
Recall that six suspects, including two principal suspects, Kabiru Seidu (a.k.a Osama) and Nuhu Salisu (Small), who indicted Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu in a case of conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearm escaped at 3.21a.m. from the ‘A’ Police Division in Lokoja, where they were kept.
However, Melaye, while moving a motion on the incident, gave the Inspector-General a 48-hour ultimatum to produce the two suspects involved in his case.
He threatened to sue Idris for “mental assault” should he fail to produce the two suspects.
In related development, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris has ordered the removal of Kogi State Police Commissioner Ali Janga, following yesterday’s escape of six suspects from custody.
Idris asked the Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Esa Sunday Ogbu, to proceed and take over as the state’s new police chief.
He also redeployed the Commander, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the Divisional Police Officer ‘A’ Division, Lokoja and other police officers implicated in the escape for negligence, dereliction of duty and gross misconduct.
The police, in a statement signed yesterday by Force spokesman ACP Jimoh Moshood, said the policemen on duty when the suspects escaped were facing serious disciplinary action.