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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  • Maria

    The man is now a rich man… what a victory! 21 years salary!

    • Otile

      Yes he is rich, but hold your pant. Don’t approach him scheming to get your own cut, you did not recognize him all this while.

  • blackdove

    Great job from the committee

  • Otile

    If the Senate can do something as retroactive as this they can also start the probe of corrupt practices from the 60s. This is a welcome development.

  • emmanuel

    Good development. They will have enough job on hand to do. Nigeria is loaded with this kind of unjust treatment. I hope all Senators will now await their constituents to come up and Bukole Saraki will act too?
    Justice served? Did the man trully collect a bribe? Did the Senate do a thorough job or they did patronage one?
    What is the compensation for collecting bribe, if true?

    • Emmanuel Maluba

      It is answered in the story, my Brother. An orderly room trial had absolved him of any guilt but the authorities refused to reabsorb him.
      I have always been very critical of this Senate, but this is commendable. It gives hope to the hopeless. I had a relative who had suffered a similar fate in the civil service, so I can feel what the policeman had gone through.