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5 years after:Police exonerates Zakari Biu for aiding bomber, Kabiru Sokoto
IG Solomon Arase

5 years after:Police exonerates Zakari Biu for aiding bomber, Kabiru Sokoto

Five years after, he was dismissed from the Nigerian Police in disgrace, Commissioner of Polce, Zakari Biu can now smile has he had been exonerated for aiding the excape of notorious Boko Haram bomber, Kabiru Sokoto

The Police Service Commission (PSC), has pronounced a “not guilty” verdict on the dismissed commissioner of police, CP Zakari Biu, reinstating him to his former position and retiring him statutorily.

This was made known yesterday in a statement by the commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani in which he said two former CPs, Danladi Adi Yirama Mshielbwala and Ibrahim Idris were promoted to the next rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs). Biu who was dismissed from the Police Force following his alleged complicity in the escape from police detention of notorious Boko Haram suspect, Kabiru Sokoto after a trial, got his reprieve after he challenged his dismissal.

According to Ani, the decision to reinstate Biu was taken during the commission’s 13th plenary meeting held in Abuja where he was exonerated of any complicity in Kabiru Sokoto’s escape.

“The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of two commissioners of Police to the rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police. The commission also reviewed the CP Zakari Biu’s appeal against his dismissal, exonerating him and retiring him statutorily.

“These decisions were the high points of the 13th plenary meeting of the commission held in Abuja.” The meeting was presided over by the commission’s chairman, Dr Mike Mbama Okiro. promoted CP. Danladi Adi Yirama Mshielbwala and CP Ibrahim Idris to the next rank of AIG.

“It also exonerated CP Biu from the issues surrounding the escape of Kabiru Sokoto, an arrested Boko Haram kingpin in Abuja,” Ani said.

Kabiru Sotoko was the Boko Haram terrorist sentenced to life imprisonment for masterminding the 2010 bombing of St Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla in which 44 worshippers were killed and 70 others sustained injuries. Sokoto was being led to his house for a house search when he escaped from police officers led by Bui. N50m reward was placed for anyone with information that would lead to Sokoto’s rearrest.

Bui went on military trial in 2012 following which he was found guilty and dismissed from the Force.

 

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