The Police on Thursday insisted that Senate President, Bukola Saraki has a case to answer, saying that the advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) never exonerated the lawmaker from further investigation in the Offa bank robbery in which 31 people were killed.
A statement issued by Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, Abuja said the attention of the Nigeria Police Force had been drawn to publication in an online news portal that there was no evidence that linked Saraki and Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed to the armed robbery attack that left 31 persons dead in Offa, Kwara State, in April.
Moshood said the DPP of the Federation in the legal advice did not restrain or restrict the Force from investigating further, the indictments against Saraki and Ahmed by the principal suspects arrested in connection with the Offa bank robbery of 5th April, 2018.
“The DPP advice did not exonerate the Senate President, it only called for further investigations into the matter. 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.
“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, and was discovered to require 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.
“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 of the arrested principal suspects, and that, there is no political influence or consideration in the matter,” he said.
Moshood said the media and the Police were veritable partners in crime prevention, protection of lives and property, and absolute compliance with the rule of law, urging the media not to allow the pages of their esteemed publications be used to misinform the public.