Offa Bank Robbery: Police insist Saraki has case to answer


The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has insisted that the Senate President Bukola Saraki has a case to answer over the Offa Bank robbery in Kwara State.

Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood in a statement on Thursday said an advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Federation did not exonerate Saraki but demanded more investigation.

He noted that a media report suggesting that the legal advice from the DPP that, there was no evidence that linked Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki and Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed to the Armed Robbery attack that left 31 persons dead in Offa, Kwara State, in April, 2018, is not accurate.

He explained that the legal advice from the DPP did not restrain or restrict the Force from investigating further.

He said, “It is in the course of further investigations into the case that a letter of invitation dated 23rd July, 2018 was sent to the Senate President to appear on 24th July, 2018 at 8.00am before the Investigation Team at Intelligence Response Team office, Guzape Junction, Abuja.”

Moshood said, “Consequently, the Force is hereby re-affirming that the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki has case to answer by virtue of the facts that the statements submitted by the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki earlier to the Investigation Team was not explicit and detailed enough.”

He said, “the statement it was discovered requires further clarifications and interrogation, and coupled with the fact the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki in his statement, claimed that the full text of the statement of the suspects who indicted him in their confessional statements to the Police was not shown to him.”

He said, “It is therefore, imperative for the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki to report to the Police to make further statement after sighting the full text of the statement of the suspects.”

“Furthermore, the Force wishes to inform the media and the public that investigation is still ongoing on the Offa bank robbery and the indictment against the Senate President from the confessions of some the arrested principal suspects, and that, there is no political influence or consideration in the matter,” Moshood said.

He added that, “the media are implored not to allow the pages of their esteemed publications be used to misinform the public.”

Meanwhile, the Police spokesman did not respond to questions sent to him via text message on the where about of Senator Dino Melaye, reportedly kidnapped yesterday morning.

He was also asked if the Police are satisfied with Saraki’s statement to policemen purportedly given in his office at the Senate, and whether they still expect him to report at their office in Guzape, Abuja.