By Abdul Tukur
Two suspects, who claimed that Dino Melaye provided them with guns and ammunition, have escaped from cell.
Kabiru Seidu a.k.a Osama, 31 and Nuhu Salisu a.k.a Small, 25, who were under detention at the ‘A’ Division Lokoja escaped from “lawful custody,” @PoliceNG authorities confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday.
Both men who allegedly confessed to being used by the politician to cause mayhem in Kogi fled detention at about 3:21 am.
According to the gang leader, Kabiru Saidu, he has been working as a political thug for a politician, who introduced him to Senator Dino Melaye and they met at Airport Road, Abuja inside Senator Melaye’s car in December 2017.
He claimed “Senator Dino told him to start working for him as a political thug and they should recruit and train more thugs to work for him in preparations towards 2019 general election to enable him challenge his political opponents and disorganise Kogi State.”
The lawmaker has vehemently denied these claims.
Responding to the news of their escape, 44-year-old Senator Melaye, who cited order 43 explained that there was a jail break this morning and the two suspects who claimed I gave them arms and money escaped.”
He said: “These two accused persons either have been released or killed.”
The vociferous lawmaker, who has stepped on powerful toes by demanding for justice for the people of Kogi and core staff at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, promised to “sue the IGP for intimidation, abuse of power, harassment and mental assault if these two suspects are not produced dead or alive.”
Ali Janga, commissioner of police of Kogi state also confirmed that four other suspect Aliyu Isa, Adams Suleiman, Emmanuel Audu and Musa Mohammed,” are also on the run.
The details of the escape was announced days before the suspects were supposed to be arraigned before a Federal High Court in lokoja, alongside Senator Melaye and Mohammed Audu, the son of the late Abubakar Audu, former Governor of Kogi this morning.
13 police officers who were on duty during the incident have since been detained, Mr Janga said.
“Investigation into the unfortunate incident is ongoing, while the 13 police officers who were on duty when the incident occurred were defaulted and detained for interrogation.”
He added that the Kogi-West Senator Melaye, Mohammed Audu and six suspects “have been sent for watchlisting and red notice by the INTERPOL for immediate arrest anywhere we see them.”