The Kogi state command of the Nigeria Police Force has declared Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi west) wanted after two of his alleged ‘co-conspirators’ escaped prison.
The Kogi state commissioner of police, Ali Janga, disclosed this at a press conference on Wednesday.
Janga said two suspects, Kabiru Seidu alias Osama and Nuhu Salisu alias Small, who accused Melaye of supplying arms to them, have escaped from custody.
He said they fled from a police division in Lokoja where they were being kept in “lawful custody”.
He said both Seidu and Salisu escaped on Wednesday when they were supposed to be arraigned before a federal high court in lokoja, alongside Melaye and Mohammed Audu, son of the late Abubakar Audu, former governor of Kogi.
He said 13 policemen comprising five operatives of special anti-robbery squad (SARS) and eight conventional policemen on duty when the incident happened had been detained for interrogation.
Janga said the police declared six suspects, including Melaye and Audu, wanted.
“The Nigeria Police Force, Kogi state police command today 28th March 2018 received a news that six suspected criminal elements namely; Kabiru Seidu a.k.a Osama, Nuhu Salisu a.k.a Small, Aliyu Isa, Adams Suleiman, Emmanuel Audu and Musa Mohammed who were under detention at the ‘A’ Division Lokoja escaped from lawful custody,” the statement read.
“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.
“The names of Melaye, Mohammed Audu and six suspects have been sent for watchlisting and red notice by the INTERPOL for immediate arrest anywhere we see them.”
He appealed to the public to assist the police with information on the whereabouts of the suspects by reporting to the nearest police station.