- Youths in Kwara have protested against the alleged plan by the police to implicate Bukola Saraki in a criminal case
- They claim that the criminal mastermind in the matter is being taken to Abuja, so he would implicate the Senate president
- According to the youths, no Senate president in the history of Nigeria has been so humiliated and vilified
Scores of youths under the banner, Kwara Agenda, on Wednesday, May 16, protested against an alleged plot to implicate the president of the Senate, Dr Olubukola Saraki, in a cult-related crime, The Nation reports.
The peaceful protest was staged at the Kwara state Government House, Ilorin; and the youths were led by one Taofiq Olateju who informed the state governor, Abdulfattah Ahmed, that the plan was to link the Senate president with a murder case involving one Lanre Mohammed Soliu.
NAIJ.com notes that Soliu had recently been linked to some cult-related murders, and had been paraded by the Police.
The protesters bore various placards with inscriptions in support of the Senate president; some of which read “Fresh plot to frame Saraki uncovered”, “Stop intimidating Saraki”, “We stand with Saraki”.
The leader of the group informed the governor that while the suspect had allegedly committed his crime in Ilorin, he was being transported to Abuja.
He stated: “Our attention has been drawn to a fresh plot by the federal government to implicate the president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki in a murder case involving one Lanre Mohammed Soliu. It is on record that Lanre Mohammed Soliu was recently paraded alongside five others by the Kwara state police commissioner, Aminu Pai Saleh, as members of Aiye confraternity cult group.
“Soliu was specifically accused of killing one Yemi Bayero of Ago market, Ilorin. The offences which the suspect allegedly committed were carried out in Ilorin, Kwara state, and expectedly he’s supposed to be tried in a competent court of jurisdiction in the state.
“We are, however, alarmed by a new twist to the whole issue. As we are speaking with you, Soliu is being transported to Abuja by men of Kwara state Police Command.
“This is not our concern; but our concern is about the plot by the powers that be to torture and force the suspect to implicate Dr Bukola Saraki. We have it on good authority that the main purpose of transferring the self- confessed cultist to Abuja is to implicate the Senate president in the whole saga.
“As concerned youths of Kwara state, we want to appeal to men of conscience across the country to prevail on the federal government to stop intimidating and humiliating our God-sent leader, the president of the Senate.
“No Senate president in the history of this country has been so humiliated and vilified as Senator Bukola Saraki, for no just cause. Saraki is our leader and a law abiding citizen whose passion is to improve the lots of the common man. He should be left alone to continue the good job he and his colleagues are doing at the National Assembly.
“We are using this forum to warn those behind this fresh plot to frame and tarnish the image of our leader to retrace their steps. We have no doubt in our mind that this fresh plot like the ones before it shall fail woefully.
“Dr Bukola Saraki remains committed to the cause of the Nigerian masses, and their prayers and support shall always keep him going and ensure his victory over his adversaries.”
The governor, in his response, commended the youths for the maturity displayed in carrying out the protest, and promised to deliver their message to the right quarters.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Senate president Bukola Saraki alleged that there is an ongoing plot by the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, to implicate him in a crime.
Saraki, who made the allegation on Wednesday, May 16, during plenary, claimed that the IGP had ordered that some suspected cultists arrested in Kwara state be transferred to Abuja, where they are expected to make statements that will implicate him.
The leader of the upper chamber accused people in authority of abusing power for the purpose of fighting their perceived enemies.
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