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Saturday, 14th December, 2019
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25 years ago: Police officer ‘wrongly’ suspended seeks justice
Jul 24, 2019
By: Amarachukwu Akaigwe

Since 1994 after, Amos Olaniyan, a sergeant, who said he was verbally suspended from the Nigerian Police Force, is yet to be recalled, despite the Senate has asked the police to do so, after an investigation, in 2015.

Mr Olaniyan, according to report now battles with stroke and he is homeless as police authorities refused to comply with the resolution of the Senate.

He was relieved of his duty 25years ago by the then Ogun State Commissioner of Police, John Okafor. The ailing man told PREMIUM TIMES that he is suffering for an offence he never committed.

Olaniyan said the suspension rendered him jobless, homeless and abandoned by wife for inability to feed the family.

“I was suspended for an offence I never committed. Our vehicle’s tyre got spoilt while carrying out our official duties at Ogere Toll Gate in Ogun State. It was on October 11, 1994. While we were battling with this, a fellow who knows the team leader then passed by, parked and gave us money to buy an extra tyre.

“The money was N1,250 and the then team leader was Abiodun Asabi. The sketchy thing here that while four members of the team were suspended, the team leader who collected the money was not punished. One of us is late now and I can’t even point out the whereabouts of others.

“This was when my predicament started. Now, I have a partial stroke, (I am) homeless and my family has left me. My wife left me when I could not provide for the needs of the family.”

“Three of my kids who are females were forced to marry when I couldn’t take care of them. The only boy is being sponsored by a church. I am homeless and asking for help. Even though the Senate in 2015 vindicated me and ordered that I should be recalled, the police force has not done that,” he revealed

It was gathered that in December 2015, the Senate called for the reinstatement of Mr Olaniyan, following the consideration and adoption of recommendations of its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions chaired by Samuel Anyanwu (PDP-Imo State).


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