Police authority fires Biu over Kabiru Sokoto’s escape

Channels Television  
Updated February 22, 2012

The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday announced the dismissal of Zakari Biu from the police force. Mr Biu was a commissioner of police.
The dismissed Police Commissioner was in charge of the anti-terrorism squad from whose custody the suspected mastermind of the Christmas day bombing of Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Madala, Niger State, Kabiru Sokoto escaped. 42 people were confirmed dead as a result of the bomb blast.

The decision to fire Mr Biu was taken at the meeting of the PSC which was held in Abuja on Wednesday and presided over by the Chairman of the Commission, Parry B.O. Osayande.

In a statement released after the meeting and signed by Ferdinand U. Ekpe on behalf of the Commission’s Chairman, Mr Biu was sacked as “a result of his culpability in the escape of Sokoto.”


The PSC in the press statement also announced the promotion of seven police officers to the rank of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police.
Those promoted to the positions of DIG included – Suleiman Dauda Fakai, Atiku Yusufu Kafur, Emmanuel Kachi Udeoji, Haruna John, Peter Yisa Gana, Marvel Akpoyibo, and Abdurahaman Olajide Akano Osun – iragbiji.

13 officers were also promoted to the rank of Assistant General of police, while the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde was also promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of police.