Former Governor of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki yesterday said that he was ready to appear before the police to answer allegations of complicity in the N21billion loan scam.
Saraki’s lawyer, Lawal Rabana, SAN said yesterday that since the police were hell bent in declaring his client, a serving senator of the Federal Republic wanted, he would on his own appear before them. The Counsel debunked claims that Saraki was on the run, as according to him, ‘he is a distinguished person’.
According to him, Saraki had gone to court hoping that the police would respect the court having submitted to the jurisdiction.
“Now that the police have made it clear that they do not have respect for the judiciary, Dr. Saraki will now appear before the court,” he said.
He however, did not specify the day Saraki would appear before the police. This is as the Police had said that they would effect his arrest before Friday this week.
Saraki had earlier urged the police to show respect for the judiciary by staying further investigation into his alleged complicity in an N21billion loan scam.
He said that police ought to stay further action pending the determination of the suit he filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Saraki who is representing Kwara Central in the Senate, denied allegation that he deliberately shunned invitations extended to him by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, stressing that he decided to take the case to court following plans by the police to tarnish his public image.
The ex-governor, dared police to go ahead and establish his links with the accounts of Joy Petroleum Nigeria Limited, or how he allegedly used properties of Kwara state government to secure loans from banks while he was still in office.
Consequently, he asked the security agency to maintain status-quo ante till May 22 when presiding Justice Gladys Olotu will determine the legal questions he raised before the court.
Saraki had asked the court to determine “whether it is not a violation of the plaintiff’s right under section 34(a) and section 35 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) for the Defendant to invite the plaintiff to appear before the police without any allegations and or accusations specifically made against him.