The Nigeria police has declared Kabiru Sokoto, the suspected Boko Haram Christmas Day bomber, who escaped from their custody wanted, placing a bounty of N50 million on him.
The police placed the ransom on Thursday after the inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, was queried by President Goodluck Jonathan over the escape of the suspect.
In a statement Thursday, signed by the force public relation officer, Deputy Commissioner of police, Olusola Amore, the police said they have placed “a monetary reward of N50 million for anyone who has useful information regarding whereabouts of the suspect or that will lead to his arrest should please report to the nearest Police Station nationwide.”
Mr. Sokoto, the alleged mastermind of the Christmas day bombing at St Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, escaped from police custody in Abaji area council of the Federal Capital Territory.
Mr.Sokoto was reported to have been arrested at the Borno state governor’s lodge in Asokoro, Abuja alongside a serving military officer, and was taken to Abaji on Sunday by police officers investigating the case to search a house believed to be owned by him.
However, eyewitnesses say the vehicle in which he was being transported was attacked by a group of youths in the town and the suspect utilized the pandemonium that followed to escape.
Following his escape, the commissioner handling Boko Haram investigation in the Crime Investigation Department was suspended by the IGP and subsequently placed under house arrest. The other junior police officers in the team that lost the suspect have also been arrested and detained.
President Goodluck Jonathan has supposedly given the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ringim, 24 hours – from Wednesday – to produce the Boko Haram kingpin.
The placement of the ransom is believed to a last ditch effort by the IGP to save his job in the face of a looming sack.
The police described Kabiru Umar (Sokoto) as “aged 28 years, fair in complexion and speaks English, Hausa and Arabic languages fluently”.
He “hails from Biu, Borno State, was last known to be residing at Bulletin Quarters, Abaji, FCT,” Mr. Amore added.