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Senate Orders Suspended Policeman Reinstated After 21yrs

Senate yesterday demanded the immediate reinstatement, promotion and payment of all dues to the Police officer, Sgt. Amos Olaniyan, who was ‘verbally’ suspended from the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) 21 years ago. This was sequel to a petition brought before the Upper Legislative Chamber by Senator Solomon Adeola on behalf of Olaniyan (a member of his constituency) on October 6, 2015.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, had laid for consideration and adoption of recommendations of the Report of his Committee, which investigated Olaniyan’s suspension from the Force. Subsequently, the Senate adopted the two recommendations of the Committee. They include: “That the officer, Sergeant Amos Olaniyan, be fully re-integrated into the Police Force with a letter of reinstatement and apology”, and “That all his dues including promotions and entitlements be fully granted and paid”.

Adeola, while presenting the petition earlier, stated that Olaniyan was ‘verbally’ suspended in 1994 on a baseless allegation of bribery upon which an Orderly Room Trail discharged and acquitted him, but the Force refused to recall him to duty, even as he (Olaniyan) had his Police ID card and uniform.

Also reacting to the findings and resolution of the Senate, Adeola expressed joy that justice had been done to his constituent, who had suffered for 21 years without redress. He said that the lawmakers, as the representatives of the people, are under obligation to fight in defence of the helpless constituents. Adeola also assured that he would always fight for the interest of all his constituents and the people of Nigeria. “I was greatly disturbed when I saw his petition as I did not believe this could happen to any citizen of Nigeria.”






-Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja

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