Mike Okiro Led Police Service Commission Reinstates Boko Haram CP Zakari Biu, Retires Him

  • Zakari Biu who hails from Borno helped a Boko Haram mastermind Kabiru Sokoto escape
  • The public looks at the exoneration of Zakari Biu as a setback in the war against Boko Haram by the police service 
  • Former IGP Mike Okiro who now heads the Polcie Service Commission is known to be highly corrupt
Mike Okiro
Mike Okiro

By Timothy Enietan-Matthews

The Police Service Commission (PSC), has exonerated the dismissed commissioner of police, CP Zakari Biu, reinstating him to his former position and retiring him statutorily.

This was disclosed in a statement by the commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, adding that two former CPs, Danladi Adi Yirama Mshielbwala and Ibrahim Idris were promoted to the next rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs).

It will be recalled that Biu 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.

Biu’s got his reprieve after he challenged his dismissal.

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

Kabiru Sotoko was 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.

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