THE Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate removal of the Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Mr Ali Janga.
A statement by the Force Spokesman, ACP Jimoh Moshood, issued in Abuja on Wednesday, said the removal followed the escape from custody of two principal suspects and four others whose confession indicted Sen. Dino Melaye.
The suspects are : Kabiru Seidu, a.k.a Osama, Nuhu Salisu, a.ka small, Aliyu Isa, Adams Sulieman, Emmanuel Audu and Musa Mohaamed.
Moshood said that the I-G had directed CP Esa Ogbu, the commissioner in charge of Federal operations at the Force Headquarters, to take over as the new Commissioner of Police in Kogi.
The spokesman said that 13 police officers involved in the escape of the suspects had been detained.
He said that the Commander in charge of Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad ( FSARS ) in the state, the DPO of A Division, Lokoja, and other officers implicated in the escape had been transferred out of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the suspects were to appear on Wednesday at the Federal High Court, Lokoja, in a case of conspiracy and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms.
NAN also reports that the suspects had implicated Melaye and Alhaji Mohammed Audu during their confessions.