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Offa Robbery: Police Direct Saraki To Report Today

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Nigeria Police Force have directed the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki to report to its office in Guzape today for further investigation into the case of criminal conspiracy levelled against him by some suspected political thugs, who robbed banks in Offa, killing over 30 persons.

In a letter, personally signed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, and sent to LEADERSHIP, the police stated that “I refer to this office letter CR:3000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL./130/571 dated June 4, 2018 and your letter of response NASS/8th/S/SP/IGP/15/6/18 dated June 7, 2018.

“One Ayoade Akinnibosun, 27 years in his confessional statement stated that “members of his group are Political Thugs working for Senator Bukola Saraki and Governor of Kwara State.”

“That he is the head of the Political Thugs named Youths Liberation Movement covering about seven local governments areas of Kwara South. That he gets vehicle and monetary gifts etc from Senator Bukola Saraki through the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kwara State; that the last money he got directly from Senator Bukola Saraki was N500,000. He made mention of some other thugs in Kwara Central with guns which Senator Bukola Saraki is sponsoring as Alhaji Alawo, Alhaji Dona, Alhaji Jawando among others, that Senator Bukola Saraki supplies the arms and vehicles to the thugs; that everyone in Kwara Central fear them because of their guns and ability to kill anybody without hesitation,” the letter added.

“Furthermore the suspect Ayoade Akinnibosun stated that the date you Senator Saraki visited Offa in sympathy with the victims to the Palace of the Oba, that he and two other gang members were with you in the convoy,” it said.

The letter also noted that “In your response to the above allegations, you stated ‘by virtue of my participation in politics, I have a large followership which makes it impossible for me to know all of them. I can say categorically that I am in no way associated with the vehicle mentioned in your letter nor have I given any arms to any thug or other persons in Kwara State or anywhere else.’ For the records, your letter under reference did not include the full text of the statements made by the accused persons.”

The police said, “After a careful perusal of your letter to the Police, it was discovered that the statement requires further clarification and coupled with the fact that you stated that the full text of the statements of the suspects were not shown to you, it is imperative you report to the Police to make further statements after giving you the full text of the statements of the suspects.

“It is in line with the above that you are requested to report to the head of the Investigation Team at the Intelligence Response Team at Guzape Junction, Asokoro Extension, Abuja on 24th of July, 2018 at 8am for further investigation on the matter.”

The letter recalls that the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) is investigating a case of armed robbery which occurred on the 5th of April, 2018 during which a gang of dare devil armed robbers, stormed Offa, Kwara State and attacked a Police Station, robbed six banks namely First Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, ECO Bank, Zenith Bank, Union Bank and Ibolo Micro Finance Bank, killed over thirty one (31) persons including nine Police officers and pregnant women and snatched twenty (21)AK47 rifles.

“During the investigation of the armed robbery by the Intelligence Response Team, a CCTV footage of the Armed Robbery in one of the banks, captured the image of two persons. The CCTV footage was circulated on the social media and this led to their identification as Kunle Ogunleye and Micheal Adikwu. The two persons were tracked and arrested by the Police and they made very useful statements and named the five gang leaders who organized the armed robbery.

“Some of the five gang leaders made confessional statements admitting their participation in this worst armed robbery in the history of Nigeria and that they are political thugs under the name, Youth Liberation Movement aka ‘Good boys’ allegedly sponsored by you and that you have given them firearms, money and vehicles. It was equally discovered that one of the vehicles, a Lexus Jeep, used by the gang leader (Ayoade Akinnibosun) has a sticker plate number “‘SARAKI’ Kwara State of Harmony,” the letter further stated.

…Invitation Plot To Stop Mass Defection, Says Saraki

But in a swift reaction, Saraki said the invitation was a mere afterthought, which is designed to achieve political purpose.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, stated that he has it on good authority that the Police had already allegedly decided to arraign the suspects in court in Ilorin, Kwara State on Wednesday based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mohammed U.E. and that the turn around to invite him was a ploy aimed at scoring cheap political points.

He said that he had been reliably informed that the police invitation was planned by IGP as a ploy to stop an alleged plan by some Senators and House of Representatives members from defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC). “It was also said that if I was detained between Tuesday and Wednesday, that will abort the so-called defection plan”, Saraki noted.

The Senate President maintained that the issue of his position on the 2019 elections is not a personal decision for him alone to make, insisting however that all the concoctions and plot against him cannot deter him. “Those behind this fresh assault will fail as I have nothing to do with the robbery incident or any criminal matter for that matter”, he said.

“I am aware that following a request made by the Police on June 13, 2018 to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Federation he had written a legal advice  dated June 22, 2018, in which he stated on page 5, paragraph (f) that “For the Senate President and the Kwara State Governor, this office is unable to establish from the evidence in the interim report a nexus between the alleged office and the suspects,” Saraki revealed.

He accused the Police of corrupting and politicising their investigations into the Offa robbery incident. He said that they have turned it into an instrument for the party in power to suppress perceived opponents, and blackmail people from freely choosing which platform on which they want to pursue their ambition and a matter for harassing the people whose exit from APC would harm the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections.

“I want to make it apparent that I have no hand in either the robbery incident or any criminal activity. The Police in their haste to embarrass me sent the invitation to me at 8pm and requested that I report to the station by 8am tomorrow morning. This obviously demonstrated their desperation as I do not see why they are now in a hurry.

“They also stated in today’s letter that because in my response of June 7, 2018 to their own letter written on June 4, 2018, I stated that I was responding simply to the contents of the letter and that the full text of the statement made by the arrested suspects which they claimed indicted me was not made available to me, they were now including the suspects statements in the current letter. Yet, instead of including the suspects’ statements, they only attached two copies of my own letter to the invitation. No suspects’ statement was made available”, he said.

He insisted that “This plot aimed at compelling me and my associates to stay in a party where members are criminalised without just cause, where injustice is perpetrated at the highest level and where there is no respect for constitutionalism is an exercise in futility and it will fail.”

“Once again, my confidence in God and our judicial system remains intact and unshaken. The truth shall also prevail in this case”, he stated.



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