Hassan Zakari Biu, the Commissioner of Police who engineered the jailbreak of Kabiru Sokoto, the suspected masterminded behind the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madala, was today dismissed from service. As many as 42 people were confirmed dead in the bombing.
The Police Service Commission (PSC), in a statement signed by Mr. Ferdinand U. Ekpe on behalf of the chairman of the commission, Mr. Parry Osayande, said that Biu’s dismissal, which will take with effect from today, is as a result of his culpability in the escape of Sokoto.
Curiously, the statement said nothing about prosecution of Mr. Biu for the offence, as merely dismissing him amounts to setting him free to do even worse things with his time, wide experience, and considerable resources.
In the statement, the PSC also announced the promotion of seven officers to the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, and 13 to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General. The new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, was promoted to Deputy Commissioner.
The new DIGs are: Suleiman Dauda Fakai, Atiku Yusufu Kafur , Emmanuel Kachi Udeoji, Haruna John, Peter Yisa Gana, Marvel Akpoyibo, and Abdurahaman O. Akano.
Those promoted to AIGS are Solomon E. Olusegun, Michael E. Zuokumor, Orubebe Gandhi Ebikeme, Philemon I. Leha, Jonathan Johnson, Dan’azumi Job Doma, Joseph Ibi, Muktari Ibrahim, Suleiman A. Abba, Mamman Ibrahim Tsafe, Saliu Argungu Hashimu, Solomon E. Arase, and David O. Omojola.
The statement called on all personnel of the Nigeria Police Force to rise up to the security challenges confronting the nation as the Commission would “not hesitate to wield the big stick on all who would not put in their best” towards the furtherance of Police Reform.
However, SaharaReporters’ calls to the office of the PSC Chairman, Mr. Mr. Parry Osayande, and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed D. Abubakar, to find out whether Mr. Biu will be prosecuted, were not answered.