The Police have just issued a statement, saying their Inspector-General, Hafiz Ringim, has queried one of their commissioners in whose custody a suspected Boko Haram kingpin escaped.
The statement did not provide the name of the officer. The statement also did not explain why the suspect was being taking to Abaji for interrogation before his escape.
Read full statement below
BOKO HARAM SUSPECT ESCAPE
…… Police Suspend Commissioner of Police
The Nigeria Police Force wishes to confirm that a suspect was arrested in a successful Police operation and was rescued from a team of Policemen detailed to carry out further investigation in the matter.
The suspect was handed over to a Commissioner of Police for further investigation and he consequently detailed his men to take the suspect to Abaji in furtherance of investigation.
In the course of undertaking this important procedure, the Policemen on escorts with the suspect were attacked by the suspected sect gang members and in the process the suspect freed.
The Police view this development as a serious negligence on the part of the Commissioner of Police and have since been queried and suspended him from duty.
If a criminal case is established against him and his team, they will be prosecuted.
DCP OLUSOLA E. AMORE
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA.