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Why Boko Haram commander escaped —Police

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THE drama over the escape of a top Boko Haram commander, Mohammed Sani, from police custody continued at the weekend with the police authorities admitting that the wanted Boko Haram man actually escaped in November 2012.

The police had denied that Sani, described as a major commander of the dreaded Islamic sect, escaped last year, but the force came up later to declare that it was setting up investigators to check out the manner of his escape.

It was, however, confirmed at the weekend that a police document sent to the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) B Department by the leading investigator of the escape, Superintendent Saidu Sani, confirmed that Mohammed Sani, said to be connected to a number of bombings in Abuja and Niger State, actually escaped from police custody on 10 November, 2012.

The investigation report confirmed that Mohammed Sani escaped police custody because of the failure of some men on duty to checkmate his disappearance.

Commander of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Saidu Sani, who reported the escape from police custody, said that his men who were on Mohammed Sani failed to monitor the man closely.

He said having placed Mohammed under scrutiny, his men failed to strictly follow the measures he put in place to stop the escape.

He, however, said that he needed time to look for the man and that he would re-arrest him within 14 days.


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