However the Nigerian Police has confirmed that it re-arrested five out of the six suspected criminals, who escaped from Police custody in Lokoja, Kogi State on Wednesday. Two of the alleged criminals, Kabiru Saidu, a.k.a Osama (31) and Nuhu Salisu (25 ) aka small, who had escaped were arrested on January 19 at Ogojueje in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State and they confessed to being hired by Mr. Melaye to cause mayhem in the state.
The outgoing state commissioner of police, Ali Janga, who confirmed the re-arrest of the suspects, however, did not disclose their names.
“Yes, it is confirmed, but note that I am no longer the CP, I have been removed, so next time talk to the new CP, ” he said.
Police sources informed SR that a statement would be released, only when all the suspects have been re-arrested. Recall that Senator Dino Melaye had earlier gave a 48 hours ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to produce the escaped prisoners or risk being sued.
On the other hand, the Kogi State Command of the Nigeria Prisons Service had on Thursday stated that prison formations in the state did not record any jail break, saying all its facilities are safe, intact and peaceful.
The Controller of Prisons in the state, Martyns Apebende, in an interactive session with journalists in Lokoja, clarified that report in some electronic media that the two principal suspects in the case of Senator Dino Melaye escaped from its custody is not true.
He said that the duo of Kabiru Seidu, aka Osama and Nuhu Salisu, aka Small, who escaped from a police cell on Wednesday morning were never brought to any prison in Kogi State.
He noted that apart from the prisons, other security agencies with power of arrest also maintain detention facilities where suspects are temporarily kept for processing in court before being taken to prisons custody if so pronounced.