Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who was on Sunday linked with the brutal Offa bank robberies by the Nigeria Police, has dismissed the allegation as another desperate attempt by the police to implicate.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moshood Jimoh, had told the nation statements made by arrested suspects which had implicated the senate president.
Mr. Saraki was therefore aksed to report to the Louis Edet House, Police Force Headquarters in Abuja this week for questioning over his alleged involvement in the offa Bank robberries, which claimed at least 17 lives, including nine police officers.
But in a statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki’s media aide and made available to CHECKPOINTCHARLEY on Sunday night, Saraki urged Nigerians to disregard the allegation, saying that it was another desperate attempt by the police to rubbish him by all means.
He 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.
“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 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.”