Sokoto police command have categorized one of the suspects in the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel as a foreign intruder from the neighbouring Niger Republic.
Officials said the suspect could not be traced in the metropolis despite being captured on camera bragging about his role in the murder and burning of the 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.
“We started looking for him immediately we saw his video on social media because he is fundamental to our investigation,” a top police source told Peoples Gazette. “We are now learning that he is not even a Nigerian but only came in illegally from Niger Republic to cause chaos in our country.”
The official said Interpol might be enlisted to help arrest the suspect, even though many officers still hold that the suspect is a Nigerian and remained within the country’s borders.
“Some officers are saying he is a Nigerian and we need additional time to find him,” our informant said. “We have no facial recognition database, but we are following all available intelligence on the matter.”
The police have already announced that two suspects have been arrested for the murder.
On Saturday, violence erupted across the metropolis after Islamic extremists stormed the palace of the Sultan to demand the release of suspects from custody. The main Catholic secretariat in Sokoto was attacked during the rampage.