Senate orders reinstatement of policeman “verbally suspended” for 21 years

Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase

The Senate has ordered the reinstatement of Amos Olaniyan, who was “verbally suspended” from the Nigerian Police Force 21 years ago.

The Senate’s order came on Tuesday, following the consideration and adoption of recommendations of its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions chaired by Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo State).

On October 6, Solomon Adeola (APC-Lagos State) had laid before the Senate the petition on behalf of Mr. Olaniyan, who is a constituent of the Lagos lawmaker.

The Senate adopted the two recommendations of the committee that Mr. Olaniyan be “fully re-integrated into the police with a letter of reinstatement and apology; and that all his dues, including promotions and entitlements be fully granted and paid”.

According to Mr. Adeola, while presenting the petition earlier, Mr. Olaniyan was verbally suspended in 1994 “on a baseless allegation of bribery”.

Mr. Adeola said his constituent was discharged and acquitted by an Orderly Room trial but the Force authorities refused to recall him “even as he has his police ID card and uniform”.

Reacting to the findings and resolution of the Senate Committee, Mr. Adeola expressed joy that “at last justice has been done to his constituent who had suffered for 21 years without any redress”.

He added 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.

“This was after he had written petitions to previous Inspectors General of Police and
the Police Service Commission and even late President Umaru Yar’adua to no avail,” he said.

He said he was happy for the affected officer’s family who had endured severe hardship and deprivation over the loss of employment of their breadwinner.

Speaking on the matter, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, stated that citizens of Nigeria that could not afford legal fees to seek redress in court should resort to the Senate for justice.

He directed the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to ensure compliance with the Senate resolutions and report back to the Senate in two weeks.

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