Offa Bank Robbery: Saraki Reacts To Michael Adikwu’s Death
The Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the Presidency to institute a judicial inquiry into ‘how and when’ Michael Adikwu, the prime suspect in the robbery attacks in Offa, died in police custody.
Saraki while reacting through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, noted that the new disclosure by the Police has vindicated his earlier claim that the suspect was murdered.
He also claimed that the investigation was politically motivated to implicate him (Senate President), Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed and a few others.
He stated that the inquiry would help to thoroughly examine and interrogate how the investigation into the robbery incident was conducted by the Police and whether the investigation followed due process.
He added that the Police needed to confirm why it took them so long to make the disclosure about the death of the principal suspect after they categorically denied it at the time he (Saraki) disclosed the information and it was reported in the media.
“It should be recalled that when we mentioned it that the principal suspect had been murdered and that investigation into the Offa robbery attack was politically motivated and targeted at implicating me and other individuals, the Police Public Relations Officer, Moshood Jimoh said: ‘Michael Adikwu is in Police custody. You know that he is the one that led the killing of 22 people. The fire arms that were carted away, he is helping the police in the investigation to recover them. There is a state in the South-west where they kept him. I can’t mention the state. It is in one of the South-west states’.
“The fresh facts have now thrown more light into why there inconsistencies in the various statements by the police had been. The Police initially told the Attorney-General of Kwara State that the principal suspect was alive and they only later reluctantly disclosed that he died in the course of arrest.
“How can a suspect confirmed to be in custody now be said to have died in the course of arrest? This contradiction shows a deliberate attempt to cover up something.
“It is obvious that the Police have orchestrated the information they give to the public on the Offa robbery only to tarnish the image of the Kwara State Governor and myself.
"We are calling for a public inquiry to probe the issues of extra-judicial killing, the cover-up of this killing with the aim of framing up some individuals for political purpose and politicizing of criminal investigations. The facts need to be laid bare", Saraki said.
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