Offa Robbery: Police Grill Saraki, Say “No Report Cleared Him”

A team of detectives from the Nigeria Police on Thursday afternoon interrogated President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, at his office in the National Assembly Complex.

“Dr Saraki used the opportunity to reiterate the fact that he had nothing to do with either the robbery incident on April 5, 2018, or any other criminal activity.”

But Police said Ministry of Justice never cleared Saraki.

Before his meeting with the detectives, the police had refuted reports that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) exonerated Saraki of alleged involvement in the robbery incident.

The Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, stated that the DPP legal advice simply directed the police to carry out further investigations into the matter.

He said, “The DPP advice did not exonerate the Senate President, it only called for further investigations into the matter.

“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 8am before the Investigation Team at the Intelligence Response Team Office, Guzape Junction, Abuja.”

The police were reacting to a report by an online news medium stating that the DPP, U.E. Mohammed, had written to the Force to say his office could not establish a nexus between Saraki and the armed robbery suspects.

The police had alleged that the suspects had a direct link to Saraki and the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed, insisting that the two men provided arms and supplied a Lexus SUV to the gang which were used in the bank robberies.

Both men have denied all of the allegations against them.

“For the Senate President and the Kwara State governor, this office is unable to establish from the evidence in the interim report a nexus between the alleged offence and the suspects. Hence, it is our advice that further and thorough investigation in this regard be carried out,” Mohammed had stated in his legal advice on the case.

The DPP advised the police to establish whether the robberies were carried out at the instance of Saraki and Ahmed.

Mohammed also directed the police to ascertain whether the weapons used for the robbery attack were supplied by either the Senate President or the governor of Kwara State.

The DPP asked the force to provide evidence that might assist in establishing a prima facie case of aiding and abetting crime, or accessory after the fact against Saraki and Ahmed.

Moshood in his statement had said the Monday invitation to Saraki was a sequel to the DPP advice directing the police to carry out further investigations into the robberies.
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