Saturday, January 21, 2012

Zakari Biu: The Man of Mystery

This Day
19 January 2012

He has been a victim of terrorist attacks and – some will now allege – he too is one of them. He lost a son to an attack, but he was believed to be responsible for the state-sponsored bombings under the regime of Gen. Sani Abacha.

Zakari Biu, a Commissioner of Police in charge of CID Zone 7, is now on suspension over the dramatic escape of a key suspect in the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, which claimed over 40 lives.

His son, Tahir, was killed in the October 1, 2010 terrorist attacks by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) at the
Eagle Square, Abuja

Tahir was with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) when he met his death.

But many also remember Biu as Abacha’s anti-terrorism chief who unleashed terror on government’s perceived opponents.

Many deaths were linked to him, notably those of Bagauda Kaltho, a journalist working for TheNEWS magazine, and Dr. Sola Omatsola, former Chief Security Officer of Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

They were both accused of being agents of the anti-Abacha National Democratic Coalition (NADECO).

Biu, dismissed from the police years after Abacha’s death, was controversially reinstated and promoted Commissioner of Police by the Police Service Commission (PSC) which had also ratified the demotion and subsequent dismissal of former EFCC chairman, Malam Nuhu Ribadu....

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