Offa robbery: Detectives grill Saraki, insist he has case to answer

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Detectives investigating April’s Offa robbery on Thursday grilled Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in his office.

A statement by his Special Assistant in New Media, Olu Onemola, said: "Further to the invitation to 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, Force Public Relations Officer, Again. DCP Moshood Jimoh, on Thursday said Saraki has a case to answer, contrary to a written advice from the Office of the Federal Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Samuel Ogundipe.

The DPP attached to the Federal Ministry of Justice, had advised the police to drop their claims against Saraki and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, as there was no evidence kinking them to the attack on seven banks and a police stations.

No fewer than 33 people, including nine policemen died in the gruesome attack on the sleepy town.

The statement by Jimoh reads: "The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to publication on Premium Times Online Media publication credited to one Samuel Ogundipe, that “there was no evidence that linked Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed to the Armed Robbery attack that left 31 persons dead in Offa, Kwara State, in April, Premium Times can now confirm”

"2. 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 5th April, 2018.

"3. The DPP advice did not exonerate the Senate President, it only called for further investigations into the matter 4. It is in the course of further investigations into the case that a letter of invitation dated 23rd July, 2018 was sent to the Senate President to appear on 24th July, 2018 at 8.00am before the Investigation Team at Intelligence Response Team office, Guzape Junction, Abuja.

5. 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 the Investigation Team was not explicit and detailed enough, and was discovered to require further clarifications and interrogation, and coupled with the fact the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki in his statement, claimed that the full text of the statement of the suspects who indicted him in their confessional statements to the Police was not shown to him.

"It is therefore, imperative for the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki to report to the Police to make further statement after sighting the full text of the statement of the suspects. 6. 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."

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