Abia State Police Commissioner, Adeleye Oyebade, said on Saturday at least six policemen would be prosecuted for negligence of duty.
The six policemen have been dismissed from the force after they were found guilty of negligence of duty during an orderly room trial.
Explaining what led to cops’ orderly room trial, the police commissioner said the dismissed men allowed some suspects to escape from custody of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department (SCIID) in Umuahia, the state capital.
He added that three suspects – Kingsley Anyim, Chijioke Chukwu, and Emeka Ukaegbu – have been rearrested with the firearms which they made away with during their escape.
He said efforts were ongoing to recover one of the AK47 rifles which the suspects took away.
Oyebade said the policemen would soon be arraigned in court.
The CP said: “On September 2, at about 0130 hours, some suspects in the anti- kidnapping section (D7) of the SCIID Umuahia Cell escaped from the detention facility."
“The suspects made away with two AK47 rifles kept outside the armory for quick response to emergencies to facilitate their escape."
“The inmates conceived the escape and nurtured it into fruition due to the negligence/absence from duty of the policemen scheduled for duty on that fateful day."
“While all the officers involved in the act of negligence/absence from duty have all been taken through the Force, approved with disciplinary action, and dismissed from the Force, the officers will soon be prosecuted,” he said.