Senator Dino Melaye has issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, to produce the suspects that escaped jail in Kogi or be sued.
The suspects, who had earlier alleged that Melaye supplied them arms for robbery and kidnapping, were reported to have escaped from custody on Wednesday, hours to their arraignment in court.
Speaking on the floor of the senate on Wednesday, Melaye said instead of producing the suspects in court, the prosecutor asked the judge to issue an arrest warrant.
“Mr President, we were all supposed to appear before the Lokoja high court this morning. My lawyers were in court at 9am and the case was called up and the prosecutor of the Nigerian police could not produce the two persons,” he said.
“Instead of producing the two persons, they asked the judge to 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 till May 10. Mr President, 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. They cannot escape he must produce them dead or alive.”