Government begins probe into Boko Haram member’s escape

AS shock and anger continued to trail the alleged escape of a suspected Boko Haram member, Mallam Kabiru Sokoto, from police custody, the Federal Government yesterday launched an investigation into the development. Mohammed was arrested for masterminding the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State in which at least 43 people died and 50 injured. Piqued by the alleged escape, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) urged yesterday that the police commissioner to whom the escape was linked and other persons connected with Boko Haram’s activities, should be arrested and prosecuted.
The Federal Government’s probe is being undertaken by the Presidency, Ministry of Police Affairs and the Police Headquarters. In fact, the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (rtd), yesterday noted the urgency of the investigation when he said: “Whatever step we are to take as a result of this neglect, we have to take it immediately.” He has ordered that the suspect be re-arrested. Olubolade confirmed the arrest of all the persons involved in the operation leading to the escape of the top Boko Haram suspect, Kabiru Sokoto. Already, the Police Commissioner in charge of investigation of the Boko Haram sect leader, Zakari Biu, has been placed under house arrest on the orders of the minister.


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