- Senate president Bukola Saraki has assembled a very strong team of many senior advocates of Nigeria
- This was revealed by the senator representing Kwara South senatorial district, Rafiu Ibrahim
- Senator Saraki was indicted by the police in the April 5 Offa bank robbery, which claimed several lives
The lawmaker representing Kwara South senatorial district in the Senate, Rafiu Ibrahim, has said that a very strong legal team of many Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) will handle the allegation of complicity in the Offa robbery levelled against the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, by the police.
Punch reports that Senator Ibrahim, who was among the 14 senators, who defected from the All Progressives Congress on Tuesday, told the newspaper in an interview that Saraki’s lawyers, who are mainly SANs, were already brainstorming on the case.
NAIJ.com gathers that Ibrahim's clarification appears to be an indication that Saraki may not honour the police invitation and would rather ask his lawyers to handle the matter.
Recalling what happened on Tuesday, July 24, the lawmaker said: “The Senate president has a very strong legal team of many senior advocates of Nigeria who are already working on the issue. He has a legal issue with the police and he will take the case up legally.
“As we were strategising on how to convince our members to let us reconsider our stand and shelve our plans to defect, the police brought a letter by 8pm on Monday, asking the Senate president to appear before them by 8am on Tuesday.
“The following day, very early in the morning, the EFCC went to the house of the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, blocked his house and successfully ensured that he did not go out.
“Simultaneously, some policemen were also at the home of the Senate president with a specific instruction to prevent him from leaving his house. Those who could carry out such actions could as well kill the principal officers or bomb their houses.
“My concern at the moment is to ensure that the Senate president is alive. The agents of government are getting desperate just to actualise their plans.”
“Their plan was to ensure that the two of them were not available for plenary on Tuesday so that some senators could remove Saraki and Ekweremadu as Senate president and deputy Senate president, respectively.
“However, God, in his infinite mercies and powers, used some people to disorganise their plans by helping Saraki to preside over plenary on Tuesday. It was God, nothing else.
“We adjourned abruptly on Tuesday because the federal authorities deployed armed policemen who laid siege to the residences of our presiding officers.
“If they can put the SP and the DSP under house arrest, what stopped them from arresting senators on the streets of Abuja and institute frivolous litigation against them?”
According to Ibrahim, members’ defection on the floor of the National Assembly chambers would be in phases.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigeria Police Force said that Senate president Bukola Saraki had a case to answer in connection with the April 5 Offa bank robbery in Kwara state, which claimed 31 lives.
A statement by the Force public relations officer, Ag DCP Jimoh Moshood, issued on Thursday, July 26, in Abuja, referred to an online publication which reported that there was no evidence that linked the Senate president and Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed of Kwara to the robbery that occurred on April 5.
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