- Police has said that it would use legal instruments to compel Senate president Bukola Saraki to honour its invitation
- Saraki was on Monday, July 23, invited by the police in connection with Offa robbery
- Some security agencies had on Tuesday morning, July 24, laid siege on Saraki's residence in Abuja
The police have threatened to compel the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to appear before the Force Intelligence Response Team (FIRT) at Guzape junction, Asokoro extension, Abuja, for questioning over the Offa bank robberies.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Force stated that it would not hesitate to use “the instruments of law to ensure compliance with the law.”
The police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in a statement, explained that the FIRT detectives were expecting the Senate president to report for interrogation.
The Senate President must honour Police Invitation; otherwise the Force will not hesitate to use all the instruments of the Law to ensure compliance with the law.
The statement read: "The Nigeria Police Force on the 23rd of July, 2018 invited Senator 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.
"The Force therefore, insists that the Senate president, senator 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.
"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.
The police had earlier said that it was not aware on the siege laid on the residence of the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki by security agencies.
Daily Trust reports that the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said he was not aware of the development. He said: “I am not aware. You are just informing me."
Meanwhile Saraki stated that the invitation to him by the police to report to a station in Guzape over the Offa robbery investigation was a mere afterthought which was designed to achieve political purpose.
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NAIJ.com had previously reported that the convoy of Senate President Bukola Saraki was on Tuesday morning, July 24, blocked by the operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad unit of the Nigeria Police, from leaving his Maitama residence in Abuja.
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