President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has raised alarm that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris is plotting to implicate the Kwara State and himself in criminal activities in Kwara State.
Saraki on Wednesday, informed senators at the plenary that he had uncovered an alleged plot by the IGP to frame him up in the heinous activities of the suspects.
He implied that the alleged plot might have been informed by the ongoing standoff between the Senate and the police boss, following his refusal to honour three different invitations by the Senate to respond to queries on the prosecution of Senator Dino Melaye, as well as incessant killings across the country.
Saraki reported that the Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed tipped him off.
“The information reaching him from the commissioner of police (is) that they have been directed by IGP to bring them to Abuja.
“With the information that he has, they would find how to alter their statement already made in Ilorin and try and implicate the state government and particularly myself. I feel that as we speak now, these suspects are already here in Abuja.
“These acts, I don’t know whether to call it desperation or intimidation. All actions to undermine our democracy (are) a recipe for anarchy because we are doing our work by asking officials to obey the law, due process and subject themselves to constituted authority.
“I think it is important (we bring) this dangerous development to your attention, country and the international authority of the impunity we are undergoing in this country and the danger to our democracy,” Saraki added.
…Police Deny Allegation
The police have dismissed allegations by Senate President, Bukola Saraki that it was scheming to implicate him and the Kwara State government in criminal activities in Kwara State, saying it was unbelievable, unverifiable and unfounded.
It also warned that the alarm raised by the Senate President over the transfer of suspects linked to a series of killings in Kwara State to Abuja could compromise investigation and demoralise families of dead victims of the criminal gang. Confirming the transfer, the spokesperson of the police, Jimoh Moshood, however, debunked claims that the transfer was because of the Senate President.
Moshood in a statement also noted that the suspects were arrested in Kwara State and paraded before the press in Ilorin, last week Friday.
“The Force therefore wishes to categorically state that there is no iota of truth in the allegation and false assertion by the Senate President of plot against him by the IGP to implicate the Kwara State government and the Senate President in any criminal matter,” the official said.
“Until investigation is concluded, any person (s) or group(s) who tries to interfere in the investigation process by action or utterances is committing an offence,” he added.
The force spokesperson, who listed the suspects arrested, said there was nothing particularly curious or special about the transfer, stressing that they were arrested over the mayhem and killings in Ile-Ife, Osun State just as those arrested in the Southern Kaduna crisis and Zaki-biam killings in Benue State were all transferred to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for further investigation before they were arraigned in court.
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