House of Representatives Panel has indicted the police and recommended the demotion of a state police commissioner, Ahmed Zaki to the rank of deputy commissioner of police.
The recommendation was part of the reports compiled at the end of the investigation, two months ago, by the House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee investigating the alleged cases of harassment, intimidation and gross breach of constitutional rights of indigenes and residents of Bauchi State.
Zaki, who is now commissioner of police in Rivers State, was at the time of the unrest, in charge of the state as police commissioner.
The recommendation against the officer, it was gathered, followed his alleged mastermind of assault on former governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda and other citizens of Bauchi State by the state police command last year.
The Committee Chairman, Hon. Gabriel Onyenwife (APGA, Anambra), had frowned against the role of the state police command at the investigation of the matter in Abuja.
The lawmaker had wondered why citizens of the state would be intimidated without justifications, under the watch of the state police chief.
Most oral and written testimonies given by witnesses at the hearing, were said to be largely against those of the police representatives and police commissioner.
The committee, it was gathered, is also calling on Zaki to apologize to Yuguda for the unfair treatment meted out to him by police officers.
The report, which is yet to be presented to lawmakers at plenary, is said to be currently with the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who is also a citizen of Bauchi State.