“……Criminal investigation process aimed at intimidating and over-overawing the legislature, a big threat to our democracy…..”
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has reacted to the claim by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moshood Jimoh, linking him (Saraki) to the recent Offa bank robbery.
The Police had extended invitation to Saraki, for questioning over his alleged involvement in the Offa Bank robbery attack in Kwara State.
The Senate President was asked to report to the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja this week.
But the Senate President reacting to the Nigeria Police allegation had, however, called on the general public to disregard the allegation, stressing that it was another desperate attempt by the police to implicate him.
Saraki said, “I want the entire public to disregard this claim as a baseless allegation and another ploy by the Police to implicate me by all means”
According to a statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki’s media aide, the Senate President said; “Let it be known that there is no way I could have been associated with armed robbery against my people.
“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.”
The Senate president also alleged that it was IGP Idris’ plan to embarrass him (Saraki) after refusing to honour the invitation by the National Assembly and answer questions over the wave of killings and violence across the country.
“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 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 the 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 President stated.