Police deny plot by IG to implicate Saraki in criminal matter

Ruben Fields
May 17, 2018

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, today raised alarm over a plot by security agents to implicate him using coerced cultists.

But the police through the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, in reaction to Sarak's allegations, Wednesday evening, said it was true that the police have transferred the suspects linked to a string of killings in Kwara State to Abuja.

"All of a sudden they are being ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning".

The suspects were arrested in Kwara State and paraded before the press in Ilorin, the state capital, last week Friday, Moshood, an assistant police commissioner, said in a statement.

"Therefore, transferring this hired assassin gang masquerading as cultists in kwara State to Force Headquarters, Abuja for further investigation is in accordance with Police investigation procedures", the Police stated.

"With the information that he has, they would find how to alter their statement already made in Ilorin and try and implicate the state government and particularly myself".

The rebuff came hours after Saraki told Senators at the plenary on Wednesday that he had uncovered an alleged plot by the IGP to frame him up in the heinous activities of arrested criminals.

He said the plot is part Ofa strategy by the IGP to settle scores with the senate for declaring him an enemy of democracy and unfit to hold any public office within and outside the country.

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He described the so-called plot as "an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning our country into a police state where top officials can not be made to obey the law, follow due process and subject themselves to constituted authorities".

Saraki explained that he was bringing the issue to the attention of his colleagues to let them know the gravity of the situation.

"I think it is important (we bring) this unsafe development to your attention, country and the worldwide authority of the impunity we are undergoing in this country and the danger to our democracy", Saraki added. I have brought it to your attention and we must continue to play our own role in doing what we believe in the course of our duty.

The Police said the statement credited to the Senate President can discourage living victims and deceased families of those who must have been killed by the gang from coming forward to give evidence against them.

It has been resolved that Saraki should lead a delegation to the President to report the matter.

Other members of the committee include: Senate Majority Leader, Ahmad Lawan; Chief Whip Sola Adeyeye and Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio.

Others are senators Danjuma Goje, Sam Anyanwu, Aliyu Wammako, Fatima Raji Rasaki and Oluremi Tinubu.

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