Offa Robbery: Police Explain Why Saraki Got Fresh Invitation
The Senate President, may have escaped the convoy of the police on Tuesday to oversee the defection of some Senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party, but it is not over yet.
That is what the Nigeria Police Force is saying, as it explains why another invitation was sent to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, requesting that he should appear for questioning over the robbery incident.
Police's explanation is coming days after the Senate President issued a statement, claiming that the invitation issued on Monday, with a request for him to appear on Tuesday, was a ploy aimed at truncating the defection plan.
The defection happened on Tuesday.
Now, the Force Headquarters says Dr. Saraki still has a case to answer in connection with the April 5 armed robbery incident at different banks in Offa, Kwara, which claimed 31 lives.
A statement by the Force's spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, issued on Thursday in Abuja, referred to an online publication which reported that there was no evidence that linked the Senate President and Gov. Abdulfattah Ahmed of Kwara to the robbery that occurred on April 5.
The publication had quoted the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of the Federation, as having made the statement in a legal advice in the matter, but Moshood said the DPP in the legal advice “did not restrain or restrict the Force from investigating further, the indictments against the Senate President and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfattah Ahmed".
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Principal suspects arrested in connection with the Offa bank robbery had mentioned the two politicians. One of them had said he was Saraki's thug and held a part of Kwara State for him.
The police spokesman also said that the DPP’s advice did not exonerate the Senate President in the matter, but that it only called for further investigations into the issue.
Moshood explained that it was in the course of further investigations into the case that a letter of invitation dated July 23 was sent to the Senate President to appear before the Investigation Team at Intelligence Response Team office, Guzape Junction, Abuja, on July 24 at 8 a.m.
"Consequently, the Force is hereby re-affirming that the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki has a case to answer by virtue of the facts that the statements submitted by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki earlier to the Investigation Team was not explicit and detailed enough, and was discovered to require further clarifications and interrogation,
"And coupled with the fact the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, in his statement, claimed that the full text of the statement of the suspects who indicted him in their confessional statements to the Police was not shown to him.
"It is, therefore, imperative for the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki to report to the Police to make further statement after sighting the full text of the statement of the suspects," the police's statement read.
The Force Spokesman further said that investigation was ongoing into the bank robbery and the indictment against the Senate President from the confessions of some of the arrested principal suspects.
Senator Saraki had claimed that it was a persecution from the ruling party to frustrate defection plans, but the police insisted that there was no political influence or consideration in the matter.
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