On the 28/3/2018, the Kogi State Command announced the escape from lawful custody of 6 suspects including the 2 Principal Suspects (KABIRU SEIDU A.K.A OSAMA, NUHU SALISU A.K.A SMALL) whose confession indicted Senator Dino Melaye and Mohammed Audu in a case of Conspiracy and unlawful possession of Prohibited Firearm already filed at the Federal High Court, Lokoja which came up in court on the date the suspects escaped from lawful custody (28/3/2018). The case was adjourned to 10th of May, 2018 for the Police to produce all the suspects in court.
Consequently, the IGP Idris ordered the IGP’s IRT and Special Tactical Squad, Personnel of the FCIID to move to Kogi State and carryout discreet investigation into the escape and re-arrest the escaped suspects & bring all those involved to justice.
As a result of intense raids, cordon & search operations carried out by the Police Team in some identified criminal hideouts & black spots in some locations in Kogi State & other States of the Country & working on active intelligence gathered, the fleeing suspects were rearrested.
The suspects include; i. KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA “31 YRS” From Dekina LGA but based in Anyagba (Leader of the gang) rearrested in Tafa Balewa LGA in Bauchi State. ii. NUHU SALISU a.k.a SMALL “25 YRS” (a member of the gang) rearrested in Ganaja Village, Lokoja State.
It would be recalled that working on actionable intelligence, the Kogi State Police Command personnel and F-SARS trailed & arrested this 2 suspects after a gun battle with the Police team that lasted for some hours on the 19/1/ 2018 at Ogojueje in Dekina LGA of Kogi State.
During investigation, they confessed to the various criminal roles they played in the commission of several kidnappings and Armed Robbery in different towns across Kogi State and its environs for which they have been on the wanted list of the Police for more than two years now.
The gang leader KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA revealed that he & his gang have been working as a Political Thug for one Alh. Mohammed Audu a Politician in the State & that Alh. Mohammed Audu invited him to Abuja & introduced him to Senator Dino Melaye & they met on Airport road, Abuja.
KABIRU SAIDU a.k.a OSAMA had earlier confessed after he was arrested the first time to the Police investigative team that Senator Dino Melaye handed over a bag containing the following firearms 1 AK47 rifle, 2 Pump Action guns & the sum of N430,000.00 to share with his boys.
The Police conducted investigation into the criminal indictments against Sen. Dino Melaye & Mohammed Audu & discovered that the 2 of them have case to answer. The 2 suspects namely; KABIRU SAIDU & NUHU SALISU were paraded at the Kogi State Command HQ, Lokoja on 19/3/2018.
The Under listed suspects who played various criminal roles in the escape of the six (6) suspects and their suspected criminal accomplices are also arrested and will be prosecuted along with the principal suspects in court.
Musa Mohammed a.k.a Iko ‘M’ 27Yrs – one of the escapee rearrested who was earlier arrested for criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
Emmanuel Audu ‘M’ 26Yrs – one of the escapee also rearrested who was earlier arrested for criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.
iii. John Beneche ‘M’ 22Yrs – Carried four (4) of the escaped suspects; Kabiru Saidu a.k.a Osama, Nuhu salisu a.k.a Small, Musa Mohammed a.k.a Iko and Emmanuel Audu after their escape to their criminal hideout at Ganaja Village, Lokoja.