Published On: Sun, Jun 3rd, 2018

Saraki Vows To Honour Police, Warns Invitation Portends Danger For Democracy

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By Sadiq Umar – Senate President, Bukola Saraki says he is prepared to honour the Police invitation over the Offa robbery incident allegation by the Police in the interest of rule of law, but warned that his invitation on the alleged crime portends danger to Nigeria’s democracy.

The Saraki-led senate have been having running battle with the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over the latter’s failure to appear before the senate for interrogation after three consecutive invitation.

Mr. Saraki had earlier alleged of a clandestine plan by the Police authorities to frame him up for prosecution using those he referred to as “some arrested cultists” in Kwara.

On April 5, some armed robbers attacked five commercial banks in the community, killing at least 17 persons, including police officers.

The Senate President, while reacting to Police invitation announced by the Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood, on Sunday on his alleged connection with the suspects, said there was no way he could be associated with armed robbery against his constituents.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Sunday night, Saraki said he has no link with the suspects, and that the claim by the police is “a baseless allegation and another ploy by the police to implicate him by all means”.

“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.”

Mr. Saraki recalled his earlier claim that the police IG was plotting to set him up in a case involving some suspected cultists.

“Now, it is the Offa bank robbery suspects that are about to be used,” he said, adding: “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.”

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