Police investigators interrogate Saraki over Offa bank robbery

Bukola Saraki
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Investigators from the office of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), yesterday in Abuja, grilled the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, over his alleged role in the Offa robbery attack.

The interrogation came 48 hours after Saraki declined to show up at the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) office of the Nigeria Police, Guzape, Abuja.

Special Assistant on New Media to Saraki, Olu Onemola, making the revelation on his Twitter handle, said the police interrogators arrived the National Assembly office of the Senate President at about 1:40pm.

He wrote: “Further to the invitation to the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, by the police on July 23, 2018, and his written response to them on July 24, 2018, on why he could not see them that day, today (yesterday) at about 1:40pm, the Senate President met with a team of investigators on the Offa robbery case in his office.

“Saraki used the opportunity to reiterate the fact that he has nothing to do with either the robbery incident on April 5, 2018, or any other criminal activity.”

Meanwhile, Saraki raised the alarm over his safety, following the blockade of his convoy by policemen last Tuesday, in Maitama District of Abuja.

Saraki, in a letter addressed to the IGP on July 24, where he explained why he could not honour police invitation, said he was no longer sure of his safety.

He said: “For the record, I should mention that I received your letter at 8:30pm on Monday 23rd July, inviting me for the next day at 8am. The two lawyers whose advice I needed were in Calabar and Lagos and had to travel to Abuja today (last/Monday).

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“As you are aware, the Deputy President of the Senate was unable to leave his residence this morning (last Tuesday) to preside over the Senate, having been prevented from doing so by security agents.

“If he had been able to preside over the Senate, I would have honoured your invitation. The absence of both presiding officers would have voided the sitting of the Senate. This would have been damaging to national interest, particularly in the light of very important legislative matters that needed to be addressed in view of the imminent recess of the National Assembly.

“These included consideration of the Electoral Bill, which was incidentally passed today (last Tuesday).

“You will recall that I had earlier directed as a courtesy to this office, that in the event of any request for further information from me, you should either send your personnel to my office or obtain a written response from me.

“I need to place on record as well, that following the incident of being harassed and threatened at my residence by the police early this morning (last Tuesday), I am deeply concerned over my physical security.

“I request you therefore, to please assign your personnel who need information on this matter, to meet me in my office, immediately after plenary today (last Tuesday) or tomorrow (last Wednesday) or any other day at your [convenience].”

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