Boko Haram suspect's escape latest: FG probes Ringim

SUN Newspaper- Juliana Taiwo Obalonye

The Federal Government has constituted an investigative panel to look into the circumstances surrounding the escape of Kabiru Sokoto, the mastermind of last Christmas Day bomb blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State.

According to Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (retd), the committee, which was set up by the office of the National Security Adviser, consists of senior officials from different arms of the security agencies as well as officials of the Ministry of Police Affairs.

Speaking to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Olubolade said the committee, which has a mandate to investigate and look into all explanations given by the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, on the matter, has one week to report its findings. Ringim’s fate would be decided when the committee submits its report.

Asked what fate awaits Ringim, the minister said: “Like I did say the other time, I have given some directives. The Inspector General of Police has responded. A committee has been set up above the police. Experts in various aspects will come together and conduct another investigation; so that has been assembled and they have been set to work. I think this is how far we have gone.”

Asked if he was satisfied with the explanation given so far, he said: “Yes, one thing is to explain and another thing is to look at the content of those explanations; that assignment will be done by the investigation panel set up by the National Security Adviser. I am not a member of the committee.
“I have to tell Nigerians that since an investigative panel has been set up, they should be patient and allow them do their job. A time line has been given to them and at the end of that, something will come out; so we should not preempt the committee.”


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