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As the Police intensifies efforts to re-arrest Alhaji Kabiru Umar, the Boko
Haram leader who escaped from custody on Sunday, the National
Security Adviser (NSA) General Andrew Owoye Azazi (rtd) on Friday
raised a panel to investigate the saga as well as ascertain the level of
culpability of affected police officers beginning with the Inspector General
of Police, Mr Hafiz Ringim, Zakari Biu, Commissioner of Police under
whso custody Umar was before his escape and the police officers detailed
to guard him.
Umar alias Sokoto whose case was being investigated by his kinsman,
Zakari Biu, Commissioner of Police in charge of Zone 7 Criminal
Investigation Department had alleged escaped from detention under the
watchful eyes of 10 armed policemen detailed to accompany him to his
Abaji home for a search.
Not impressed by the tale, President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday
ordered embattled Ringim to produce Umar within 24 hours or lose his job.
Apparently suspicious of the unfolding drama, the Federal Government
through the Office of the National Security Adviser to the President on
Friday raised a high powered panel consisting inter military intelligence
officers as well as senior State Security Services, SSS, personnel, to
probe the saga and ascertain the level of culpability of the police in the
The committee, according Navy Capt Caleb Olubolade, (rtd) Minister of
Police, will examine the response of the Inspector General, Hafiz Ringim,
to the query, he (Olubolade) had issued him on the matter and determine
the culpability of other police officers who were in charge of the suspect
before his escape.
Olubolade, who disclosed these to newsmen after the weekly Federal
Executive Council meeting in Abuja said the committee whose members
are being shielded for obvious security reasons has one week to turn in its
report.The Federal Government, the minister noted, is very concerned with
the development and is determined to get to the root of the matter.
"Like I did say the other time, I have given some directives. The Inspector
General of Police has responded. A committee has been set up above the
police which takes into cognisance experts in various aspects to come
together and conduct another investigation, so that has been assembled
and they have been set to work. I think this is how far we have gone", he
Asked whether Ringim’s response to the query was satisfactory and
exonerated him, the minister said the committee will study his response
along with its other assignment.
His words: "Yes one thing is to explain and another thing is to look at the
content of those explanations, that assignment will be done by the
investigation panel set up by the National Security Adviser. I am not a
member of the committee."
Mr. Olubolade further appealed to Nigerians to be calm and understanding
while efforts were being made to unravel the circumstances leading to the
Boko Haram's kingpin's escape.
"I have to tell Nigerians that because an investigation panel has been set
up, Nigerians should be patient and allow them do their job very briefly,"
he said. "A time line has been given to them and at the end of that
something will come out, so we should not pre-empt", he added.
Disturbed by the Presidential directive to the IGP, the Police High
Command on Thursday announced a N50 million ransome for anyone who
would volunteer a clue to facilitate his re-arrest.
Umar was arrested by the police last weekend in company of friends at
the Borno State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja and handed over to
Police Commissioner, Alhaji Zakari Biu, for further investigation.
Biu hails from Borno State, the home base of the notorious sect that had
inflicted so much pains and anguish on Nigerians especially Christian
In a statement issued on Thursday by police spokesman, Olushola
Amore, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, the Police said Umar, 28, hails
from Biu, Borno State and has his last known addressed as Bulletin
Quarters, Abaji in the FCT.
FG probes Ringim, Zakari, others over Boko
Haram leader’s escape
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