Offa Robbery: Court Stops Police From Arresting Saraki

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has ordered the suspension of investigation into the alleged involvement of Senate President Bukola Saraki in the Offa Bank robbery, pending further hearing on the matter.

Over 30 people were killed in the robbery of banks in Offa, Kwara State, earlier in the year.

The court made the order following an ex-parte application filed by 10 lawyers asking the court to suspend the interrogation of Saraki.

This is pending the determination of the motion brought before it.

The motion dated July 30 contained a request for the court to restrain the police or their agents from arresting, interrogating, harassing or attempting to detain Mr Saraki or infringe upon what they called his fundamental rights.

In a ruling on Wednesday, the judge, M.A. Nasir, allowed the application, ordering the police to suspend further action on issues relating to the suit pending the determination of the substantive matter on August 16.

“The respondents are directed to stay all further actions related to the suit, pending the determination of the originating motion, which is hereby fixed for hearing on August 16,” the court ruled.

According to the police, information provided by some arrested suspects indicted Saraki, resulting in a need for the senate president to explain his connection with them.

The Senate President has denied any involvement with the suspects, describing the investigation as a plot to intimidate him.

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