Senate President, Bukola Saraki
Offa Robbery: AGF Malami clears Saraki, says police lack evidence against Senate President
Abubakar Malami the Attorney- General of the federation has informed the police that there are no evidence linking the Senate President Olubukola Saraki and governor Abudulfattah Ahmed of Kwara State, with the recent bank robbery that took place in offa, where several people lost their lives.
The AGF in a letter dated June 22 addressed to Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector-General, of the Nigerian Police Force, advise that the police would need to work hard at their investigation, painstakingly to explore all critical areas before pin pointing the Senate President as a suspect in the blood bath that took place in offer,not to mention filing charges against him.
The Chief of staff to governor Ahmed, Yusuf Abdulwahab, who was amongst state officials arrested for purportedly conspiring with the prime suspects, was also cleared, with the prosecutor saying “no evidence is credible enough to sustain any charge based on any offence known to law against him.”
The attorney-general’s office said only six prime suspects should be charged to court for armed robbery and murder which could draw capital punishment upon conviction. Olalekan Alabi, a personal assistant to Mr Ahmed, was also recommended for trial, but only on lesser charges of illegal possession of arms.
Mr Saraki hinted at the existence of the letter on Monday night as part of a fierce response to Mr Idris’ latest summon to him. The Senate President said the invitation, which he was asked to honour by 8:00 a.m. today, was unnecessary because the Director of Public Prosecutions had already informed the police that there were no sufficient bases to keep dragging him into the armed robbery investigation.
“I am aware that following a request made by the Police on June 13, 2018 to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Federation had written a legal advice dated June 22, 2018, in which he stated on page 5, paragraph (f) that “For the Senate President and the Kwara State Governor, this office is unable to establish from the evidence in the interim report a nexus between the alleged office and the suspects,” Mr Saraki said in the Monday night statement.
close to five banks were attacked and substantial amount of cash carted away when dare devil robbers stormed the polytechnic town of offa on April 5. Several people were reported killed in the robbery, including nine police officers.