By Clare Nwaiwu
…Deny laying siege on Saraki’s residence
The Nigeria Police has insisted that Senate President Bukola Saraki must honour an invitation by the police for him to clear his name on his alleged complicity in the April, 2018, Offa Banks robbery and killings of 31 persons during that incident.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, in a letter he personally signed on Monday, had summoned the Senate President to appear today, before an investigative panel handling the Offa robbery incident.
However, the Senate president reacted to the invitation Monday, describing it as politically motivated.
Reports, however, which went viral indicated that in the early hours of Tuesday, operatives of the Nigeria Police laid siege on the Maitama residence of the senate president with intent to arrest him if he failed to report himself to the investigative panel.
Although, sources close to the Senate President claimed that the motive of the Police was to prevent Saraki from attending to plenary in the Senate today and avert a planned defection of some All Progressives Congress (APC) members loyal to Saraki.
In a statement today, by the Police spokesman, DCP Jimoh Moshood, the police insisted that the Senate President has case to answer and must present himself or be compelled within the ambits of the law.
The police also debunked the claims that the operatives laid siege on Saraki’s residence. Part of the statement read;
“The Nigeria Police Force on the 23rd of July, 2018 invited Sen. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria, to report to the head of investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team office at Guzape junction, Asokoro Extension, Abuja today, 24th of July, 2018 at 8am for further investigation on his indictment from confessional statements from some of the five (5) gang leaders arrested for their active participation in the Offa bank robbery and gruesome murder of more than 31 persons and snatching of 21 AK47 rifles on the 5th of April, 2018 but the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria refused to honour Police invitation as at the time of this press release.
[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]Although, sources close to the Senate President claimed that the motive of the Police was to prevent Saraki from attending to plenary in the Senate today and avert a planned defection of some All Progressives Congress (APC) members loyal to Saraki[/penci_blockquote]
“The Force therefore, insists that the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria is being expected to report to the head of investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team office at Guzape junction, Asokoro Extension, Abuja and should honour the invitation, otherwise the Force will not hesitate to use all the instruments of the Law to ensure compliance with the law.
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“The Nigeria Police Force’s attention was also drawn to the innuendos in the early hours of today that some Police men were seen surrounding the residence of the Senate President; the Force wishes to categorically state that there was no authorised deployment of Police personnel to besiege the residence of the Senate President or his deputy as reported in the media. The police personnel seen in pictures in the media were those in the convoy of the Senate President and others attached to him.
“However, the Inspector General of Police has directed a thorough investigation to ascertain the facts in the episode. The Force will not allow the end of justice to be perverted by this distraction.
“The Nigeria Police will ensure that the rule of law prevails in this matter.