Ogori Community Protest Escape of Suspects from Police Custody

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There is anxiety in Ogori town of Ogori/Magongo local government area of Kogi State over the escape of suspected criminals from Akpafa Divisional Police headquarters.

Residents of Ogori and Ayoromi, a border settlement with Edo State, rose in protest when information filtered in that the suspected thieves they arrested on Sunday and handed over to the Police have escaped.

The Community accused the Divisional Police Officer of complicity in the sudden disappearance of the thieves who have allegedly confessed to the crime and revealed names of their accomplices.

According to a prominent indigene of Ogori, who wants to be anonymous, stealing, house breaking and vandalism had been the order of the day, especially at Ayoromi where most of the people in the diaspora had their houses and properties looted and vandalised.

According to the source, “most of the houses have been vandalised with windows, doors and several building materials carted away by hoodlums”.

The community was said to have set up its own vigilante to watch movements of persons and apprehend suspects.

Confirming the incident, Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Collins Adebayo (ASP) said that the Commissioner of Police Samuel Adebayo Ogunjemilusi and the command’s management team were not happy with the development.

The PPRO, who said instruction had been given to all concerned police formations to ensure the re-arrest of fleeing suspects, equally disclosed that appropriate disciplinary measures had been taken against all the policemen on duty on the said day the suspects escaped.


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