Offa Robbery: Court Summons Saraki Over Fresh Criminal Complaint
Senate President Bukola Saraki may have to take a break from his presidential campaign to answer a court summons.
A Grade I Area Court in Aco Estate, Lugbe, Abuja, has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to serve a summons on the Senate President, to compel him to face a criminal complaint initiated against him by a private lawyer.
This concerns the bloody bank robbery in which many died in Offa, Kwara State, earlier this year.
The criminal complaint was initiated by a rights activist, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, whose lawyer told the court on Monday that the IGP had given assurance that the necessary court papers would be served on the Senate President.
The police had said their investigations linked Saraki to the kingpin of the robbery operation.
The Senate President is the sole defendant in the criminal complaint initiated by the private lawyer.
The criminal complaint marked, CR/196/2018, was said to have been initiated by Ojaomo under Section 89(5) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
It sought Saraki to be summoned for allegedly ignoring police invitation to answer to an allegation involving the investigation of the suspects of the Offa robbery.
The complaint stated that Saraki’s alleged refusal to honour the invitation amounted to obstructing a criminal investigation and disobeying a public officer carrying out a lawful responsibility.
This alleged conduct, it said, was an offence punishable under Section 136 and 149 of the Penal Code Law.
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