There was pandemonium on Monday night at the headquarters of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Bayelsa State Police Command following the escape of Ten detained suspected criminals in their custody.
Five of the escaped suspects have however been re-arrested yesterday in Yenagoa and Agbura areas of the State after a man-hunt ordered by the Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba.
Leadership gathered that some inmates of the SARS makeshift detention centre led by one “Touch-Touch” cut through the iron protector at the toilet and broke out through the ceiling of the built without the notice of operatives on duty.
The Incident, which occurred at about 10pm, was discovered when a security staff of the Yenagoa Local Government Council, raised an alarm on noticing strange persons jumping into the council premises from the SARS headquarters.
It was gathered that two of the fleeing suspects were arrested at the Agbura community where they were hiding; three others were arrested in an open field of a company. The security guard of the abandoned company called the emergency number of the Police and they were arrested.
While some Legal practitioners blamed the incident on the poor condition of the detention facility located along the road safety road in the state capital and called on the High Command of the Nigerian Police and the Bayelsa State Government to re-locate the SARS office for effective operations.
The State Police Command, through its spokesperson, Asimin Butswat, confirmed the development and stated that “at about 0200hrs, 7th November, 2017, the incident duty officer of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) while on routine cell check discovered that Ten suspects escaped through the ceiling of SARS detention facility”.
“Policemen immediately cordoned off the SARS detention facility and re-arrested Three out of the Ten suspects that escaped. The profile of the suspects has been circulated to our intelligence sources and efforts have been intensified to re-arrest the remaining suspects”.
“The Command assures members of the public not to panic and to volunteer useful information that may assist the Police in arresting the fleeing suspects.”
Three of the suspects, who were arrested in Yenagoa, Theophilus, 22yrs, New Year, 21yrs and Jamilu Buhari, 27 yrs told newsmen at the SARS headquarters that they were sleeping at about 10pm on Monday when they heard detainees escaping and they took advantage of the situation.