GUNMEN yesterday, invaded a police station at Gegu, Kogi State, killed two police officers on duty and shot a suspect in the cell. This came as the police yesterday paraded re-arrested principal suspects in the case involving Senator Dino Melaye, saying they would be arraigned alongside the senator at a Federal High Court, Lokoja, on May 10, 2018.
The suspects, Kabiru Seidu, aka Osama, and Nuhu Salisu, aka Small, had broken jail last week in Lokoja, Kogi State, and thus aborted their arraignment. Reports from a reliable source says five bandits, armed with AK 47 rifles, invaded the station at about 2.15am on motorbikes.
According to the source, immediately they arrived the station, the gunmen opened fire, moved straight into the station and killed the two policemen on duty, while also shooting a suspect in detention.
It was further gathered that the bandits made away with the gun of one of the slain cops and ransacked the station’s armoury for more guns and ammunition. The State Police Public Relations officer, Mr. William Ayah, who confirmed the attack, said the command has commenced investigation into the attack.
Meanwhile, the corpses of the two police officers have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, mortuary, while the injured suspect is also receiving treatment in the same hospital.
The police which said the suspects would now be arraigned on may 10, also said a notice of red alert had been issued the International Police Organisation, Interpol, should Senator Melaye fail to appear in court on May 10. But Interpol said yesterday that the notice notwithstanding, it might not get involved in Melaye’s case, saying ‘’we don’t engage in politically-motivated operations.’’
However, speaking on the re-arrest of the two principal suspects and six others while parading them in Abuja yesterday, Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood, said other principal suspects still on the run would be arrested soon.
ACP Moshood disclosed that Osama was re-arrested at Tafawa Balewa LGA in Bauchi State, while the second principal suspect, Nuhu Salisu aka ‘Small’, was rearrested at Ganaja village in Kogi State by combined teams of IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, Monitoring Unit and Technical Intelligence Unit.
The accomplice, who assisted in the escape of the principal suspects, one Iko Musa Mohammed, who said he was in cell for theft and armed robbery, disclosed that he used an iron from the exhibit room, close to their cell, which was provided by DJ to break the iron window of the cell to enable him escape. Osama said after escaping from the cell, he shaved his hair and beard to disguise himself, adding that he got money to facilitate his movement to Bauchi by calling his mother to lend him N40,000.
Giving further details of the arrest, Moshood said: “As a result of intense raids, cordons and search operations carried out by the police team in some identified criminal locations in Kogi State and other states and working on active intelligence, they were rearrested.” Apparently reacting to Police statement that it had issued red alert notice to the International Police Organisation, Interpol, on Senator Dino Melaye, the organisation said ‘’it does not engage in politically-motivated operations.’’
Interpol said it “does not comment on specific cases or individuals except in special circumstances and with approval of the member country concerned,” adding that Nigeria police request for Mr. Melaye, if at all it had been formally filed, might not meet its criteria for red alert. “Interpol examines requests by member countries to issue Red Notices to ensure compliance with its constitution or rules.
This includes Article 3 of Interpol’s Constitution, according to which it is ‘strictly forbidden for the organisation to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character. “Interpol evaluates legal and quality compliance issues in individual cases if it becomes aware of information that may prompt reevaluation of a case.’’
The organisation gave three reasons a notice might not be published for an individual expected to be on its website, saying “if no Red Notice is published on Interpol’s public website, this is either because one has not been requested or issued for that person, or the requesting country has asked that it not be made public, or the Red Notice did not meet the criteria for publication on Interpol’s public website.’’ As at 10:21 p.m. On Monday, only one Nigerian is on the Interpol red alert, and he is wanted by judicial authorities and not the Nigeria police.