By Yemi Akinsuyi:
Police Service Commission (PSC) has clarified its position on the recall and reinstatement of DCP Danjuma Ibrahim formally in charge of operations at the Federal Capital Territory Command.
DCP Danjuma was alleged to have conspired with other officers to cause the death of some suspects arrested by the Police attached to the Garki Police Division on 8th June, 2005. Due to this allegation, he was suspended from duty via an approval by the Commission in a letter Ref: PSC/C/48/T/6 dated 18th/06/2005 and a Commission of Inquiry was set up to investigate the incident.
He was subsequently charged to court alongside Othaman Abdulsalam, Nicholas Zakaria, Baba Emmanuel, Ezekiel Acheneje and Sadiq Salami as co-defendants for felony. The trial lasted for 12 years (2005 to 2017) after which the trial Judge found DCP Danjuma who was the 1st accused in the matter, not guilty and accordingly discharged and acquitted him while Baba Emmanuel and Ezekiel Acheneje were sentenced to death.
The PSC stated that after the judgment, DCP Danjuma appealed to the Commission, requesting for his reinstatement, restoration, payment of arrears of salary, benefits and other entitlements in line with the judgment of the High Court of Federal Capital Territory Abuja delivered on 9th March, 2017.
“The Commission wishes to state that in line with its commitment to obey Court judgments and guided by the Public Service Rules, it approved the recall to duty and reinstatement of DCP Danjuma at its last Plenary Meeting.”
It noted that the Public Service Rules (PSR) provided that an officer acquitted of a criminal offence shall not be penalized for any charge of which he/she has been acquitted”(PSR 030411(b)).
The Commission also noted that since the Officer has not been found guilty of the charge that led to his suspension, the provision of PSR 030404 (iv) shall apply and that is: “if the proceedings under rule 030404 reveals that he/she is not guilty of the charge made against him/her, the officer shall immediately be reinstated and shall receive the full amount of his/her emoluments denied him/her while he/she was interdicted/suspended”.
“The Commission will continue to respect the rule of law and obey judgments of competent courts of justice”, it stated.