One of the suspects linked with the 2018 robbery attacks on some commercial banks in Offa, Kwara State, Ayoade Akinnibosun, has told an Ilorin High Court that the police asked him to implicate the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki in the incident.

Akinnibosun and two other suspects, Ibikunle Ogunleye (2nd accused) and Adeola Abraham (3rd accused) narrated before the court yesterday how the police extracted statements from them by force during the investigation of the dastardly robbery incident.

The suspects also revealed that the principal suspect in the robbery incident who was a dismissed police officer, Michael

Adikwu, was shot dead by one Inspector Vincent attached to the police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

Akinnibosun, Ogunleye and Abraham were examined and cross-examined by their counsel, Mathias Emeribe and prosecution counsel, Razaq Gold, in a trial-within-trial on how they were tortured and threatened by the police to make confessional statements.

The prosecution witness, Inspector Hitila Hassan, had on Thursday told the court that the suspects voluntarily gave their statements under his supervision.

The lead prosecuting counsel, Prof. Wahab Egbewole, sought to tender the statements as exhibit but the defence counsel, Emeribe objected.

Emeribe argued that the statements were not voluntarily taken, noting that they fell short of the provisions of the Evidence Act particularly sections 28 and 29.

At the resumed hearing yesterday, Akinnibosun said that “Abba Kyari told me to mention the name of Senate President Bukola Saraki that he gave me the guns for the operations. But I declined to do contending that my life is at stake.

“He (Abba Kyari) promised that they would reward me handsomely and set me free if I can indict Senator Saraki. When I disagreed they called some policemen to take me back to their cell. During this time my hands were tied to my legs in the back,” he said.

The suspect added that he was the leader of Kwara South Liberation Movement mobilising jobless graduates for the senator representing Kwara South Senatorial District, Dr. Rafiu Ibrahim.

The essence is to secure government jobs for the boys, he said.

The trio gave graphic details of their horrifying experiences in police custody in Abuja.

During one of their encounters at the police IRT “theatre room”, they said in their presence Inspector Vincent shot dead five Fulani men.

{The theatre room,” according to them, is the generator room of the IRT’s office and it also doubles as where suspects are extra-judicially executed.

They added that it was in the same “theatre room” that Inspector Vincent otherwise known as “Mr. Torture” shot dead Michael Adikwu for failing to indict them in the robbery incident.

According to Ogunleye “they brought the late Adikwu to implicate us and he said that he had not met any of us in his life, that why ‘Mr. Torture’ shot him dead.”

The trial judge, Justice Halimat Salman, adjourned the case till March 25, 2019 for continuation of trial-within-trial.