A drama is playing out in the nation’s capital, Abuja, as yesterday, Thursday, news reports circulated that a top Boko Haram commander, Sani Mohammed, reportedly escaped from the SARS headquarters, Area 11 Garki Abuja, where he was been held.
The suspect who was arrested with another Boko Haram kingpin, Kabir Sokoto in January, 2012, allegedly escaped from the cell where he was kept with other terror suspects.
Though, the Force Headquarters claimed that no terror suspect escaped, security sources confirmed that Mohammed absconded from custody.
The details of his escape was however sketchy as at the time of filing this report.
In his reaction, Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said no terror suspect escaped from its custody, adding that a check of its records showed no such name as Mohammed Sani or Sani Mohammed on its list of detainees.
He said, “The police authority hereby informs the public that the information being circulated by a TV Station is totally untrue and should be disregarded in its entirety.”
It would be recalled that a similar incident happened early this year when Kabiru Sokoto, the alleged mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing of Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, escaped from police custody enroute Abaji, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory.
Arrested at the Borno State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, Sokoto was said to have escaped while being taken for a search of his apartment 24 hours later. A development which sealed the fate of Hafiz Ringim as Inspector General of Police.