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Police To Saraki: Shunning Our Invitation Disrespectful

Police To Saraki: Shunning Our Invitation Disrespectful

The Police on Wednesday night described the failure of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to honour its invitation on the Offa, Kwara State robbery incident of April 5 as “disrespectful”.

The Police on Wednesday night described the failure of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to honour its invitation on the Offa, Kwara State robbery incident of April 5 as disrespectful.

The Force Public Relations Office, Deputy Commissioner of Police Jimoh Moshood, stated the position of the police on Wednesday on a television programme.

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The police had invited Saraki via a letter by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. Idris directed Saraki to report to the IGP Intelligence Response Team.

But Saraki did not honour the invitation but sent another written response. Reacting to the development, Moshood said: “On the 23rd of July, an invitation was sent to him.

“We were expecting him by 8am on Tuesday for further investigation into the Offa bank robbery where 33 people were killed.

“The position of the law is that anybody that was alleged to have committee an offence must make himself present.
“He has sent a written statement to the investigation team and it was not satisfactory.

“There are lots of grey areas that need to be cleared, and that is why he was invited.

“The investigators have been directed to take all actions within the ambit of the law to ensure that there is compliance with the law because the bottom line is that we have a case that can stand the test of trial against the Senate President and we don’t want people to politicize criminality.

“He was indicted based on the confession of five principal suspects in Offa robbery.”

On how the Police perceived Saraki’s refusal to honour its invitation, Moshood said: “We are treating it as a disrespect to the law and we are going to take appropriate action to ensure that he complies with the rule of law because nobody is above the law.”

Speaking on the alleged blockade of the residence of Saraki on Tuesday morning when he was expected to have gone to attend the summon, Moshood said: “If we were expecting him, why would we go and block him?

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“We had no hand in the blockade and two press statements were sent from my office on Tuesday on the directive of the IGP for the public to know what actually transpired.
“We have over 170 Police Mobile Force personnel attached to the National Assembly and about 40 are attached directly to the Senate President.

“Outside that, we have the Special Protection Unit that is equally attached to him. “We have the ADC, the CSO. “We have a lot of other police personnel, including those who are riders and drivers.

“So what happened yesterday (Tuesday) was not a blockade by our personnel.

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