Po­lice di­vert­ing at­ten­tion from Offa rob­bery case – Saraki

Weekly Trust - - News - Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki has said that the po­lice was mak­ing fruit­less ef­forts to di­vert at­ten­tion on the Offa rob­bery case, but that they must face the truth. Saraki said the po­lice re­sponse to his call for in­quiry into how the prime sus­pect in the April 5 rob­bery at­tacks in Offa died was a mere di­ver­sion­ary tac­tic which was aimed at evad­ing the se­ri­ous is­sues of hu­man rights abuse, ex­tra­ju­di­cial killing and politi­ci­sa­tion of crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Fol­low­ing the po­lice rev­e­la­tion that the prin­ci­pal sus­pect, Michael Adikwu had died, Saraki is­sued a state­ment on Wed­nes­day call­ing for a panel of in­quiry on the mat­ter.

But the po­lice re­sponded by say­ing they had enough ev­i­dence to pros­e­cute Saraki, whom they al­leged had a hand in the rob­bery in­ci­dent.

This came de­spite a let­ter to the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Ibrahim Idris in Au­gust by the Direc­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tion of the Fed­er­a­tion in the Fed­eral Min­istry of Jus­tice, Mo­hammed U. E to the ef­fect that there was no ev­i­dence to link Saraki with the in­ci­dent.

In a state­ment by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Yusuph Olaniy­onu, the Se­nate Pres­i­dent said when he men­tioned in his state­ment on Wed­nes­day that he had been vin­di­cated, he was not re­fer­ring to the out­come of a case which is just about to com­mence but was point­ing to the be­lated ad­mis­sion by the po­lice that Adikwu had died in cus­tody.

He added that the po­lice in a cover up of their mis­han­dling of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions and their politi­ciza­tion of the process, had con­tin­ued to make in­con­sis­tent state­ments and com­mit more blun­ders.

He noted that Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari needed to in­sti­tute in­quiry into the death of Adikwu be­cause it has sev­eral im­pli­ca­tions for the coun­try’s le­gal sys­tem and its en­gage­ment with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

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