The inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, asked Senate president Bukola Saraki to report at the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the police on Tuesday, July 24, for questioning over the Thursday, April 5, Offa bank robbery.
NAIJ.com highlights nine indicting statements the IGP made in his letter dated 23rd July, 2018 and signed by him.
Below are the statements:
1. CCTV footage exposed two suspects
During the investigation of the armed robbery by the Intelligence Response Team, a CCTV footage of the armed robbery in one of the banks, captured the image of two persons.
2. The suspects were arrested by the police
The two persons were tracked and arrested by the police and they made very useful statements and named the five gang leaders who organised the armed robbery.
3. Some of the leaders claimed to be working for Senate president Bukola Saraki
Some of the five gang leaders made confessional statements admitting their participation in this worst armed robbery in the history of Nigeria and that they are political thugs under the name, Youth Liberation Movement, aka ‘Good boys’, allegedly sponsored by you (Saraki) and that you have given them firearms, money and vehicles.
4. One of the vehicles used had a sticker plate number with the Senate president's name
It was equally discovered that one of the vehicles, a Lexus Jeep, used by the gang leader (Ayoade Akinnibosun) has a sticker plate number “SARAKI’ Kwara State of Harmony”.
5. The sticker was removed afterwards
The Lexus jeep was parked in the Government House after the arrest of Ayoade Akinnibosun and in order to conceal evidence, the chief of staff to the executive governor of Kwara state, arranged for the removal of the sticker plate number “SARAKI Kwara State of Harmony” from the Lexus jeep and quickly registered it in the name of the suspect, six days after the suspect had been arrested by the police.
6. The head of the political thugs claimed that the group was working for Saraki
Specifically Ayoade Akinnibosun ‘m’ 27 years, in his confessional statement, stated that "members of his group are political thugs working for Senator Bukola Saraki and governor of Kwara state”. That he is the head of the political thugs named Youths Liberation Movement covering about seven (7) local governments areas of Kwara south.
7. He claimed the last monetary gift he got directly from Saraki was N500,000
That he gets vehicle and monetary gifts etc from Senator Bukola Saraki through the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Kwara State; that the last money he got directly from Senator Bukola Saraki was five hundred thousand (N500,000) naira.
8. He also claimed Saraki was sponsoring other thugs in Kwara state
He made mention of some other thugs in Kwara Central with guns which Senator Bukola Saraki is sponsoring as Alhaji Alawo, Alhaji Dona, Alhaji Jawando, among others, that Senator Bukola Saraki supplies the arms and vehicles to the thugs; that everyone in Kwara Central fear them because of their guns and ability to kill anybody without hesitation.”
9. Ayoade Akinibosun claimed to be with Saraki during his sympathy visit to Kwara state
Furthermore, the suspect Ayoade Akinibosun, stated that the date Senator Saraki visited Offa in sympathy with the victims to the palace of the Oba, that he and two other gang members were with you in the convoy.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Nigerians reacted to the invitation of Senate President Bukola Saraki by the Nigeria Police Force over the Offa bank robbery of Thursday, April 5, which claimed lives of many innocent Nigerians.
The siege laid by the police to the residence of the Senate president on Tuesday, July 24, have also generated a lot of reactions from Nigerians, with some people faulting the actions of the police, while others are of the opinion that they are only doing their job.