In a statement on Thursday, signed by the force public relation officer Deputy Commissioner of police, Olusola Amore, the Nigeria Police has 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 was reported to have been arrested at the Borno state governor’s lodge in Asokoro, Abuja alongside a serving military officer, and he was taken to Abaji on Sunday by police officers investigating the case to search a house believed to be owned by him.
However, eye witnesses 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, Zakari Biu, the head of the Zonal Command -7 of the Nigeria Police Force 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 Boko Haram suspect.
The placement of the extravagant bounty is believed to be eleventh hour efforts by the IGP to salvage his office in the face of 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. Amoren added.
Culled from Premium Times
Original statement by the police
The Police High Command has declared Kabiru Umar (a.k.a. Kabiru Sokoto) wanted in connection with Cases of Bombing and Terrorism across the Northern States of the Federation, especially the Christmas-Day bombing of a Church at Madalla, Niger State which resulted into wanton destruction of lives and properties.
The Nigeria Police has therefore 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.
DCP OLUSOLA E. AMORE
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA.
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