Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Biu: Emirs, politicians pressure Jonathan, IG …want soft-landing for him

4 February 2012

Some traditional rulers and politicians have started pressurising President Goodluck Jonathan and the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, over the case of a Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zakari Biu.

SATURDAY PUNCH investigations showed that the traditional rulers and politicians had started making moves to ensure that Biu got a soft-landing.

It was, however, learnt that the President, who had resisted the pressure, insisted on due process.

The embattled CP, who was in charge of investigations, it was learnt, would retire next year.

He was suspended on Jan 18 over the escape of a Boko Haram suspect, Kabiru Sokoto, from police custody.

Sokoto was accused of masterminding the Christmas Day bombing of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, where 43 people died.

The suspect escaped on Jan 15 while he was being taken to his house at Abaji, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for a search by five policemen.

The commissioner of police investigating the suspect’s case and the five policemen, who accompanied him to Abaji, had been suspended and arrested.

Former IG Hafiz Ringim was forced to resign following his failure to meet up with Jonathan’s ultimatum to produce the Boko Haram suspect.

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