The Nigerian police in response to Senator Bukola Saraki’s letter,stormed the office of the Senate President,and interrogated him over the Offa Robbery incident,which happened in Kwara state on April.
The Special Assistant to the Senator on News Media,Olu Onemola,in a tweet stated that
“Further to the invitation of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, by the Police on July 23, 2018, and his written response to them on July 24, 2018 on why he could not see them that day, today at about 1:40pm, the Senate President met with a team of investigators on the Offa robbery case in his office.
“Dr. Saraki used the opportunity to reiterate the fact that he has nothing to do with either the robbery incident on April 5, 2018, or any other criminal activity,”.
Meanwhile, Mohammed U.E, Director,public prosecution of the federation wrote to the IGP, stating that based on the evidence from their interim investigation on the matter, his office could not Establish a link between Saraki, Ahmed and the other suspects.
Mohammed further,advised for further investigation by the police as it concerns the Senator and the governor.
Responding to the legal report and advice,the police further insisted that the Senate President has some questions to answer,adding that his previous statements on the incident weren’t explicit enough,and as such needed personal interrogation.
A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer,Acting Dcp Jimoh Moshood said
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to publication by an online medium noting that ‘there was no evidence that linked Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed, to the armed robbery attack that left 31 persons dead in Offa, Kwara State.’
“It is incumbent on the Force to educate the writer of the story that the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, of the Federation in the legal advice did not restrain or restrict the Force from investigating further, the indictments against the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfattah Ahmed, by the principal suspects arrested in connection with the Offa bank robbery of April 5, 2018.
“The DPP advice did not exonerate the Senate President, it only called for further investigations into the matter. It is in the course of further investigations into the case that a letter of invitation dated July 23, 2018 was sent to the Senate President to appear on July 24, 2018 at 8am before the Investigation Team at Intelligence Response Team office, Guzape Junction, Abuja.
“Consequently, the Force is hereby re-affirming that the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, has case to answer by virtue of the facts that the statements submitted by the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, earlier to Investigation Team were not explicit and detailed enough, and was discovered to require further clarifications and interrogation”
The police further stated that, Senator Bukola Saraki, in his statement declared that the full details of the suspects,who indicated him in their statement to the police was not shown to him.
“It is, therefore, imperative for the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to report to the Police to make further statement after sighting the full text of the statement of the suspects.
“Furthermore, the Force wishes to inform the media and the public that investigation is still ongoing on the Offa bank robbery and the indictment against the Senate President from the confessions of some the arrested principal suspects, and that, there is no political influence or consideration in the matter.
“The media and the Police are veritable partners in crime prevention, protection of lives and property, and absolute compliance with the rule of law. The media are implored not to allow the pages of their esteemed publications be used to misinform the public”