Offa Banks Robbery: Investigation still on despite Saraki’s interrogation, IGP insists


By Ahmed Ajikobi

Investigation into the April 5, Offa banks robbery incident is yet to be concluded despite the interrogation of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, the Inspector General of Police, Abubaka Idris, has maintained.

Replying to a text message sent to him by our reporter last night, the Force spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood said, “Investigation continues, thanks.”

However, when asked when the Senate President may be invited by the police for further investigation, the response of Moshood was still being expected as at the time of fkiling this report.

The Senate President had last Thursday met with a team of investigators in his office over allegation he is “directly linked” to the robbery that took place at Offa, Kwara State.

Saraki, during the interaction with the investigators, reiterated his innocence in the crime.

In a tweet, Thursday, by his Special Assistant on New Media, Olu Onemola, Saraki said he had nothing to do with either the robbery incident nor any other criminal activities.

According to the tweet, “Further to the invitation to the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, by the Police on July 23, 2018, and his written response to them on July 24, 2018 on why he could not see them that day — today at about 1:40pm, the Senate President met with a team of investigators on the Offa Robbery case in his office.

“Dr. Saraki, used the opportunity to reiterate the fact that he has nothing to do with either the robbery incident on April 5, 2018, or any other criminal activity.”

Recall that Saraki had written the Police, explaining why he could not honour the force’s invitation over the allegation.

In the letter, Saraki had said, “For the record, I should mention that I received your letter at 8:30 pm on Monday 23rd July, 2018, inviting me for the next day at 8am. The two lawyers whose advise I needed were in Calabar and Lagos and have to travel to Abuja today.

“As you are aware, the deputy president of the senate was unable to leave his residence this morning to preside over the senate having been prevented from doing so by security agents. If he had been able to preside over the senate, I would have honoured your invitation.”

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