JUST In: Police Invite Saraki Over Offa Bank Robberies

The police have summoned the Senate President, Bukola Saraki over the April 5, 2018 Offa bank robberies in which nine policemen and 33 persons were killed and millions of naira stolen.

The force said it would interrogate Saraki over his relationship with the suspects arrested in connection with the multiple robberies.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood announced this in Abuja on Sunday while parading 22 suspects in custody for the heist.

Moshood said that five of the 22 suspects arrested in connection to the April 5 attack on five banks in Offa which also led to the killing of at least 17 people, including nine police officers, confessed their allegiance to Saraki.

Moshood’s statement read in part: “Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki is being invited by the Nigeria Police Force to report to the Force Intelligence Response Team office at Guzape, Abuja to answer to the allegations levelled against him from the confessions of the Five (5) Gang Leaders, namely; Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibukunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salawudeen Azeez, Niyi Ogundiran and some of the other Seventeen (17) suspects arrested for direct involvement and active participation in the Offa Bank Robbery and the gruesome killing of THIRTY THREE (33) innocent persons which includes (some pregnant women and nine (9) Police personnel).”

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The announcement comes three weeks after the police transferred some criminal suspects on an unrelated matter to Abuja.

Saraki raised an alarm at the time, saying the police were plotting to implicate him. But the police denied the allegations, warning the top lawmaker to desist from jeopardising an ongoing criminal investigation.

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