Offa Robbery: Saraki has not been exonerated - AGF, Police IG

Offa Robbery: Saraki has not been exonerated - AGF, Police IG

- The police said Senator Bukola Saraki has not been exonerated in the Offa robbery probe

- It invested that detailed investigation was ongoing

- Saraki was accused of sponsoring political thugs who later committed robbery in Offa

The inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris and the attorney genral of the federation who is also the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami have said that the Senate president, Bukola Saraki has not been exonerated in the Offa robbery probe.

The Nation reports that they instead sais based on the recommendation of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), a detailed investigation has been carried out and the report sent.

They said it was premature for anyone to claim that Saraki had been exonerated as “investigation is still ongoing on the case”.

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They also denied that the investigation was politically motivated as insinuated by some persons.

They said the investigation was based on allegation by some of the people arrested who claim to be political thugs of the Senate president.

The AGF, the NPF and the IGP in their separate counter affidavits filed in response to a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by some 10 individuals, who claimed to be acting for Saraki. The suit is pending before Justice M. A. Nasir of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Jabi, Abuja.

They are: Anthony Onukaogu, Lawrence Umudu, Bamidele Ojo, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, Ogechi Duruaku, Veronica Onoja, Chidiebere Achebe, Chika Onyiorah, Chigozie Eburuo and Patrick Uzim.

They claimed the case against Saraki was influenced by his political enemies.

Before their counter-affidavits, the AGF and IGP also “filed motions and notices of objection, challenging the applicants’ locus standi, the court’s jurisdiction and the propriety of court’s interim order of injunction, made on August 8 by Justice Nasir, restraining the respondents from further inviting Saraki in relation to investigation on the robbery case.”

The AGF in his counter-affidavit said “the police interim investigation report on the Offa, Kwara State robbery and other alleged crimes, “as it affects Senator Bukola Saraki, revealed that further thorough investigation be made so as to ascertain whether the planning and the execution of the robbery attack of 5th April 2018 at Offa, Kwara State was carried out at his instance, knowledge or approval.

“Or whether the weapons used for the robbery attack were supplied by him (Saraki); and other possible areas which will aid the establishment of prima facie case against whoever is involved. The interim investigation report is not a conclusive investigation and does not put an end to the investigation of Senator Bukola Saraki, hence the investigation to ascertain direct or any possible link of Senator Bukola Saraki and the robbery incident is still on going.

“That the Interim Investigation Report does not in any way exonerate Senator Bukola Saraki from any further investigation. As a matter of fact, Senator Bukola Saraki has no immunity whatsoever from investigation, arrest, detention or prosecution where reasonable suspicion is established.

“Contrary to paragraphs 8, 14, 17 and 21 of the applicants’ affidavit, neither the position of Senator Bukola Saraki as the Nigerian Senate President nor his political portfolio is a barrier to any investigation by the 2nd and 3rd respondents (NPF and IGP) if he is suspected of having committed any crime.

“There was never a time Senator Bukola Saraki, in the cause of his investigation in relation to the Offa, Kwara State robbery incident, that he was detained in breach of the provisions of the law. All invitations made by the 2nd and 3rd respondents to Senator Bukola Saraki, in respect of the Offa robbery are in an effort to ascertain the veracity of the allegation made against him in accordance with the spirit of right to fair hearing.

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“The 2nd and 3rd respondents have the statutory duty to investigate Senator Bukola Saraki or any other person linked to the alleged commission of any offence. The investigation and/or invitation of the Senator Bukola Saraki is not in any way malicious or aimed at tarnishing his image.”

Meanwhile, a state High Court sitting in Ilorin, Kwara state capital city has threatened to imprison the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, over alleged contempt of court.

The court presided by Justice Ibrahim Yusuf made the declaration in a notice of consequences of disobedience of order if court (form 48).

The order dated 10 August, 2018 was signed by the registrar of the court and addressed to the IGP, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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