THE Nigerian Police Force has said it is not aware of the withdrawal of invitation extended to the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki to answer some allegation levelled against him by some suspected gang leader of the Offa Bank robbers which claimed 33 lives.
This is just as the Police said that two more suspects have been arrested by the Nigerian Police Force in Kwara following the confession of the main Gang leader, Ayoade, Akinnibosun (a.k.a, AY).
Addressing Journalists in Abuja, the Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood said “Under the law, anybody that facilitated the commission of an offense is culpable in the offense, if you sponsor or provide opportunity, firearms, money and other resources for people to carry out an offense, such a person is equally culpable.
“Invitation was never withdrawn, I read it to you that the Senate President was being invited to come and answer to all the allegations levelled against him from the confession of the five gang leaders here”.
He, therefore said that “as we speak, it is not until you take somebody into custody before you investigate the person, in fact, investigation is carried out even before somebody is taken to custody, and as I said earlier, the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki has a case to answer and the police has proceeded with the investigation.
“What I told you on Sunday is that the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki is being invited by the Nigerian Police Force to answer to the charges, and that’s the invitation, so if there anybody that will issue a statement, it should emanate from the police if the invitation was withdrawn or not, there has not being any statement from the Police that the invitation has being withdrawn, as we speak, the crust of the matter is that he is under investigation by the Nigerian police force.
“The statement was not from us that the invitation has been withdrawn, that he was given the deadline of 48 hours, but for everybody that is alleged of an offense, he must present himself to the police for interrogations”.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police said that new evidence has emerged in the course of the investigation, that the five suspected gang leaders have direct contact with the Senate President, even attended his daughter’s wedding.
“New revelation from further investigation into the matter show that all the five gang leaders namely Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibukunle, Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salawudeen Azeez, Niyi Ogundiran have direct connection to the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki as new pictures of one of the five gang leaders when paraded by the police early in the week was in Aso Ebi ( trouser) used during the Senate President daughter’s wedding. The five gang leaders further admitted that they attended the Senate President Daughter’s wedding”, Moshood said.
However, the Police Spokesman said the two more suspects arrested in Kwara have confessed to be working for Senator Bukola Saraki in the Kwara Central Senatorial district.
“During the parade, the main gang leader, Ayoade Akinnibosun a.k.a, AY, 37 years, mentioned three other suspected vicious and notorious political thugs and in possession of firearms, ammunition and other dangerous weapons working according to him for the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki in the Kwara Central Senatorial District, namely Alhaji Kehinde Gobiri a.k.a Captain, Alhaji Oba Shuaib Olododo a.k.a Jawando and Alhaji Dona”.
“Two of these suspects namely Alhaji Kehinde Gobiri a.k.a Captain, 47 years, native of Ilorin East LGA, Kwara state and Alhaji Oba Shuaib Olododo a.k.a Jawando, 53 years, active of Ilorin South, Kwara state are now in police custody and have admitted to various crimes and criminalities they have committed in Kwara Central Senatorial District under the guise of political thuggery for the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki.
They are currently under investigation and will be charged to court on completion of investigation”, he added.