Madalla bombing: Commissioner of Police Zakari Biu suspended

•Over escape of alleged mastermind from custody

Police Commissioner Zakari Biu is in trouble over the escape of Kabiru Sokoto, the alleged mastermind in the Christmas Day 2011 bombing of St Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State. Forty-three people died in the bombing which the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, claimed responsibility. Biu was Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zonal Criminal Investigation Department at Zone 7 Police Command headquarters, Abuja. He was promoted Commissioner of Police (CP) last month.

The CP was said to have sent a team in a Toyota Hilux to conduct a search on Sokoto’s residence in Abaji in the FCT on Sunday. The suspect was handcuffed. Youths in the town spotted him and confronted the police team. Sokoto was freed by the youths. Police’s attempt to re-arrest Sokoto led to a pandemonium, a 28-year old HND student of Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, was shot and killed. Confirming the suspension, Force Police Public Relations Officer (FPPRO), Olusola Amore, a Deputy Commissioner, said the CP and his team of investigators would be prosecuted for Sokoto’s escape, if a criminal case was established against them.


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