Monday, 7 September 2015

Zakari Biu reinstated by Police service commission


The Police Service Commission on Friday approved the reinstatement of dismissed Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zakari Biu. Biu was dismissed from the Police Force four years ago following the escape of a wanted Boko Haram Commander, Kabiru Sokoto. Sokoto was suspected to be the mastermind of the bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger State, four years ago in which scores of worshippers were killed.

 The commission had said then that the decision to dismiss Biu was taken at its 26th plenary meeting and found the embattled police officer wanting in the allegations levelled against him. Biu’s dismissal came less than two months after the commission promoted him as commissioner of police. Before Biu was dismissed, he had been placed under house arrest and on suspension.

 But the commission on Friday in Abuja reviewed the decision. In a statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations of commission, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, the commission said that a meeting presided over by the its Chairman, Mr. Mike Okiro (retd), reviewed Biu’s appeal against his dismissal, exonerated and retired him statutorily. According to him, the commission also exonerated Biu from the issues surrounding the escape of Sokoto, an arrested Boko Haram kingpin who is now in prison in Abuja.

 The commission also approved the promotion of the Commissioner of Police, Danladi Mshielbwala and a former Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to the rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police.

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