Offa robbery: Saraki writes IGP again, denies involvement

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has for the second time written to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, in response to his invitation to appear for an interrogation.

Saraki had been invited over the allegations made against him by armed robbery suspects who attacked banks in Offa, Kwara State.

The police had in June invited Saraki for questioning over his alleged involvement in the bank robberies in Offa on April 5.

The former Kwara governor responded to the invitation in writing.

The Inspector General of Police, again, in a letter dated July 23 asked Saraki to report to the police on Tuesday at 8 am to provide further clarification on his relationship with the five leaders of the robbery gang.

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The police boss, in his latest letter, said that the gang leaders claimed they were political thugs to Saraki, insisting that “the Senate President supplies arms and money to the thugs; that everyone in Kwara Central fears them because of their guns and ability to kill anybody without hesitation.”

Saraki, however, did not honour the invitation.

However, Saraki’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said his boss had responded to the police in writing.

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Punch also quoted Olaniyonu as saying that Saraki had answered all the questions raised by the police in his letter to the IG.

He added that Saraki’s letter was written and dispatched to the police on Tuesday, stressing that its receipt was duly acknowledged.

According to the Senate President’s aide, after answering all the questions raised by the police in his letter, there was no further need for Saraki to go to the police personally.

“He has written a letter to them and the letter has taken care of the purpose of the invitation.

He sent the letter to them yesterday (Tuesday). The letter addressed the issues raised in the invitation letter,” Olaniyonu said.

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