Men of the Delta State Police Command have arrested and detained four police officers, including an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Sergeant and Corporal, for allegedly aiding the escape of a kidnap kingpin from police cell in Asaba at the weekend.
Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, confirmed the detention of the police officers to Vanguard yesterday.
Investigations showed that soon after he escaped, the kidnap kingpin from the South-East region called the complainant in the case to inform him that he had paid his way out of police cell and he should get ready for him.
“The complainant and his family fled their location to an unknown place, same night the escapee kidnap suspect called him. You can imagine what some greedy police officers have caused the man and his family,” a police source said.
Commissioner Aduba in a terse SMS said: “Detention and investigation ordered, appropriate sanction will be applied.”
“The stand of the Inspector General of Police is very clear: any police officer involved in any criminal matter is on his own. The matter is being investigated. You know me, I do not condone nonsense and we will remain focussed in our fight against criminals in the state,” Aduba said.
A police officer also described the incident as shameful. “What happened is a shame,” he said, adding, “Police officers collected money from the kidnapper, brought by members of his gang and they brought him out. A person who was on handcuffs, they unchained him and one of them claimed he was going to cut his hair or do something upstairs.
“I even heard that they gave him police uniform to wear and he walked out of the police station in Asaba and they are there telling cock and bull stories that they do not know he was a kidnapper. This is not the first time this kind of thing is happening, but I know the Commissioner will not spare anybody. That is their own cup of tea.