22 February 2012
Senate Committee on Police Affairs on Tuesday presented the report of its
investigation into the escape of a Boko Haram chieftain, Alhaji Kabiru Umar,
alias Sokoto, from Police custody.
Umar who was arrested earlier by the Police on January 14, 2012, reportedly
escaped in mysterious circumstances while in the custody of ten armed
officers, a development that stirred controversy on the capacity of the
Police under former Inspector General of Police, Mr Hafiz Ringim to tackle
Umar was however re-arrested recently in
by a combined team Taraba State
of State Security Services and soldiers.
“Investigation activities of the police led detectives comprising five officers to
visit the residence of the suspect in Abaji to conduct a search on January 15,
“On arrival at the residence of the suspect at Bulletin Quarters, Abaji, the
team met one Adamu Salihu, the son of the Onah of Abaji, the traditional
ruler of Abaji in the FCT who was a neighbour of the suspect.
“ Salihu, who was later discovered to be a close associate of Kabiru Sokoto
as well as a suspected member of Boko Haram, suddenly went into his
room, came out with a copy of the Holy Quran, cited Quranic quotes and with
a loud shout of “Allahu- Akbar (God is Great)”, mobilised nearby youths who
attacked the police with hard objects and forcefully took over the suspect
whom they whisked away to an undisclosed location.