Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has denied any links with the April 5, 2018 Offa bank robberies in which nine policemen and 33 persons were killed and millions of naira stolen.

Responding to the invitation by the Nigerian police, Saraki accused the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, of concocting a plot to embarrass him.

This, he explained, was a way of paying him back for the Senate's invitation extended to him (Idris) over the incessant killings in the country.

Although the Senate President said no invitation has been formally extended to him by the police, he promised to honour same 'without delay' once he has been formally invited.

A statement on Sunday by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President reads:

"The attention of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has been drawn to a story circulating online and apparently derived from a Press Conference addressed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moshood Jimoh, linking him (Saraki) to the Offa robbery.

"Saraki will want the entire public to disregard this claim as a baseless allegation and another ploy by the Police to implicate him by all means.

"Let it be known that there is no way I could have been associated with armed robbery against my people.

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"When the Offa robbery incident happened, I was the first top public official to pay a visit to the place and right there in the palace of the traditional ruler, I put a call through to this same Mr. Ibrahim Idris, the IGP, requesting him to make certain specific security arrangements as demanded by the people.

"Members of the public will remember that on May 16, 2018, I alerted the Senate about the information passed on to me by my State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed, over a plot by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to frame me up by getting some suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin to implicate me.

"It is believed that the timely leakage of the plot in that case aborted the use of the suspected cultists to implicate me. Now, it is the Offa bank robbery suspects that are about to be used.

"This plot is concocted to embarrass me and, in the mind of the IGP, it is his own response after his refusal to honour the invitation by the National Assembly, headed by me, for him to come and offer explanations on the rampant killings and violence across the country.

"Like the earlier one, this frame-up will also fail as I hereby state categorically that I have no link with any band of criminals. 

"As a person who has utmost respect for the rule of law and all constitutional institutions, when the invitation from the Police is formally extended to me, I will be ready to honour it without any delay.

"It is however sad that this abuse of the criminal investigation process aimed at intimidating and over-overawing the legislature, thereby obstructing it from doing its work, is a big threat to our democracy".

The Senate had in April declared the IGP an 'enemy of democracy' and unfit to hold public office within and outside Nigeria for refusing to honour its invitation.

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