Nigeria: Police IG In Trouble Over Escape Of Boko Haram Suspect

The Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade, has issued a query to the police chief Hafiz Ringim, asking him to explain within 24 hours the circumstances surrounding the escape of a suspected mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing in Madalla, Niger State.

The query also asked Ringim to show why he should not be punished for negligence since the ultimate responsibility to keep the escapee was his.

The Presidency is believed to be considering his removal over the escape of a suspected mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing in Madalla, Niger State.

The suspected Boko Haram member, Kabiru Sokoto, was arrested last Saturday at the Borno Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja in company of an Air Force officer.

The suspect, who was in handcuffs, escaped on Monday from a team of policemen who took him to his home in Abaji, near Abuja, for a search.

Report says the policemen decided to take the suspect to the traditional ruler of the town (the Ona of Abaji) in a Toyota Hilux Van after the search.

A group of irate youths allegedly waylaid the police team. In the ensuing pandemonium, the suspect escaped.

Ringim ordered the suspension of a Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Zakari Biu, who faced a disciplinary panel yesterday.

Speaking with reporters at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, Police Affairs Minister Navy Capt Caleb Olubolade (rtd), who issued Ringim a query, described the incident as “unfortunate”. He promised that adequate measures would be put in place to ensure that such an incident does not happen again.

He said: “From the ministry, I have directed the IG to carry out full investigation and even at higher level, above that one, there will be another investigation to ascertain what led to the suspect’s escape. I have also directed that the officers involved and the personnel involved should be detained immediately.”

“The commissioner of police has been suspended. In fact, beyond that, I have advised that they should be placed under ‘close’ arrest.”

“He is the field officer; he has the responsibility to ensure all operations regarding arrest and all that are conducted in the usual manner. If he is found to have had complicity in that, he himself will have to account for his mistake.”

Asked if Sokoto’s escape was not a confirmation of the President’s claim that Boko Haram has infiltrated the government, the minister said: “I cannot confirm that statement. What is important is all steps must be taken to re arrest the suspect.”

Meanwhile, there have been several reactions on the escape of the suspect on Wednesday with the Northern socio-political group, Arewa Consultative Forum, saying that the police should find the escapee immediately.

The President of the Civil Rights Congress, Mallam Sheu Sani, also said, “The Federal Government and security agents should explain how such a drama took place. They should stop playing on our intelligence and insulting our conscience.”

At a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the Action Congress of Nigeria described the suspect’s escape as “a deal packaged at the high level by individuals who hate the country.”

A national leader of the party, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who spoke at the press conference, wondered how a government that deployed troops to occupy Lagos, could not safeguard a single suspect.

Rights activist Femi Falana have also said Ringim should be punished for Sokoto’s escape.

  1. Olayanju Rotimi Reply

    Am tired of this country,I don’t believe in dis country anymore,our leaders are so corrupt dat dey think about only themselves always,during the time of Tafa Balogun(former IG)its dsame thing.When will Nigeria ever come out of corruption.

  2. Mummy Ian Reply

    This country has become a joke factory, churning one right after another.

  3. Solomon c Reply

    Boko haram is among the top officials of this country.they are the one sporsoring it.

  4. Usman, Kaduna Reply

    Nigerians are united, thank God & we all now know how the Government of the day governs us! It’s a shame to be called a Nigerian indeed! But God will surely see us through from d hands of so called our leaders.

    • Seigu Reply

      Is ur definitn of unity killing Christians?

  5. Ahuama Jr. Reply

    Surprises that Nigerians are much after fuel subsidy rather than the activities of Boko Haram and some Nigerian Police assisting them,God save the poor masses

  6. Ogunyemi F.O.T Reply

    The police were just following a higher order……..supposedly given by a General(rtd) or active and still in service.
    Sokoto could not have been the man behind the scene but could have helped a great deal.
    As soon as he was nabbed, there had been call for his release, but that would have been impossible to do without raising any dust, so this whole escape stuff was staged.
    Let’s cross our fingers and see what happens next…..
    Nigeria we hail thee…..

  7. Dasat G.S. Reply

    It all started sometimes last year in Bauchi when under the military same boko haram suspect escaped under the watchful eyes of soldiers in the barack. A court mashal was constitued only God knows what happen to that court marshall. Now is the turn of the police. The greatest embarasement peharps ever. I dont know what the IPG is still doing in office.What surprises me in the whole drama is the location of the arreest in the Governors’lodge not in a hide out. God will surely arise on behalf of the poor masses whose blood i believed have raised a cry before the God of the heavens and earth. I just a matter of time

  8. chinedu Reply

    The ig should be behind bars and his boys given a piece of their own medicine(serious torture) point blank! This will make them confess.

  9. J cin Reply

    Nigerian politicians are curupt and dey are all infected wit brain tomor.they cnt change so what we nid 2 pray 4 dem ìs 2 die dat s d solution

  10. chair rail Reply

    That’s kind of… abrupt.

  11. olukayode Reply

    we dont no what is going on in nigeria any more ,because talk of security there is no security in nigeria because we belive we have police and which they are not performing any work; what i belive is that the IG have collected money from the boko haram group because that is there system in the country instead of police to secure us they secure #50 at road ,mr president we want you to do something abt the police matter ,sir if the IG cant produce the so called sokoto he should go to jail and serve sokoto purnishment;

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