Failed talks with PMB: IGP Idris extend another invitation to Saraki over Offa banks robberies

Failed talks with PMB: IGP Idris extend another invitation to Saraki over Offa banks robberies

By Amos Dunia, Persecond News

Abuja – Aftermath of what appeared a failed meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over members of the r-APC planned mass defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris on Monday extended another invitation to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki to report to the police for further investigation over the Offa, Kwara State banks’ robbery attack.

Saraki was in a letter by IGP Idris requested to report to the head of the investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team at Guzape Junction, Asokoro Extension, Abuja on Tuesday July 24, 2018 at 8am for further questioning over the April 5, 2018 banks robbery.

Idris said in the letter he personally signed said after a careful perusal of the letter to the Police by Saraki, it was discovered that his earlier statement to the police requires further clarification and coupled with the fact that he (Saraki) stated that the full text of the statements of the robbery suspects were not shown to him.

Idris stressed that it is imperative Saraki report to the Police to make further statements after giving him the full text of the statements of the suspects.

The IGP invitation letter reads in part; “I refer to this office letter CR:3000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL./130/571 dated 4thJune 2018 and your letter of response NASS/8th/S/SP/IGP/15/6/18 dated 7thJune 2018 on the above subject matter (copies attached) and to further restate as follows;

“Recall that the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT)is investigating a case of Armed Robbery which occurred on the 5th of April, 2018 during which a gang of dare devil Armed Robbers, stormed Offa, Kwara State and attacked a Police Station, robbed six Banks namely First Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, ECO Bank, Zenith Bank, Union Bank and Ibolo Micro Finance Bank, killed over thirty one (31) Persons including nine Police officers and pregnant women and snatched twenty (21) AK47 rifles.

“During the investigation of the armed robbery by the Intelligence Response Team, a CCTV footage of the Armed Robbery in one of the banks, captured the image of two persons. The CCTV footage was circulated on the social media and this led to their identification as Kunle Ogunleye and Micheal Adikwu.

“The two persons were tracked and arrested by the Police and they made very useful statements and named the five gang leaders who organized the Armed Robbery.

“Some of the five gang leaders made  confessional statements admitting their participation in this worst Armed Robbery in the history of Nigeria and that they are political thugs under the name, Youth Liberation Movement aka ‘Good boys’ allegedly sponsored by you and that you have given them firearms, money and vehicles.

“It was equally discovered that one of the vehicles, a Lexus Jeep,used by the gang leader (Ayoade Akinnibosun) has a sticker plate number “‘SARAKI’ Kwara State of Harmony”.

“The Lexus Jeep was parked in the Government House after the arrest of Ayoade Akinnibosun and in order to conceal evidence, the Chief of Staff to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, arranged for the removal of the sticker plate number “SARAKI Kwara State of Harmony” from the Lexus jeep and quickly registered it in the name of the suspect, six days after the suspect has been arrested by the Police.”

The IGP said that specifically Ayoade Akinnibosun in his Confessional Statement said that “members of his group are political thugs working for Senator Bukola Saraki and the governor of Kwara State, adding that he (Akinnibosun) is the head of the political thugs named Youths Liberation Movement covering about seven Local Governments Areas of Kwara South.

Idris also said that Akinnibosun alleged that he gets vehicle and monetary gifts among others from Senator Saraki through the Chief of Staff to the Kwara State governor, adding that the last money Akinnibosun got directly from Senator Saraki was N500,000.

In the words of the IGP; “He made mention of some other thugs in Kwara Central with guns which Senator Bukola Saraki is sponsoring as Alhaji Alawo, Alhaji Dona, Alhaji Jawando among others, that Senator Bukola Saraki supplies the arms and vehicles to the thugs; that everyone in Kwara Central fear them because of their guns and ability to kill anybody without hesitation”.

“Furthermore the suspect Ayoade Akinnibosun stated that the date you Senator Saraki visited Offa in sympathy with the victims to the Palace of the Oba, that he and two other gang members were with you in the convoy.”

The police boss said that Saraki in his response to the above allegations, said that by virtue of his participation in politics, he has a large followership which makes it impossible for him to know all of them.

According to Idris, Saraki said; “I can say categorically that I am in no way associated with the vehicle mentioned in your letter nor have I given any arms to any thug or other persons in kwara State or anywhere else. For the records, your letter under reference did not include the full text of the statements made by the accused persons”.

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