Nigerian Police IG wants to frame me, Saraki cries out

Posted May 17, 2018

Saraki said he felt obliged to share the information with his colleagues because of the gravity of the matter and the grave danger it portends to Nigeria's democracy.

The DPP therefore urged the police to speed up their investigation and return the suspects to Kwara State so as to commence trial as done by the Ministry of Justice in respect to similar offences and offenders in the past.

Following Saraki's accusation, the Senate resolved that the Senate president should lead a delegation to relay the concerns raised on the floor.

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.

Yusuf Habeeb of Kangile Village, Kulende, Ilorin and Umar Yahaya of Kangile Village, Kulende, Ilorin are also amongst the suspects arrested.

Other alleged victims were identified with their first names only: Lateef, Jamiu, Segun, Wasiu, Musiliu, another Lateef, Abbey a student of Kwara Polytechnic and Lanre, who was killed on 23 August, 2015 at Isale Aluko Area of Ilorin.

Reacting, minority leader, Godswill Akpabio said the allegations are quite weighty and capable of further tarnishing the image of the country; asking the senate to set up a committee to investigate the matter.

See pictures of some protesters against the alleged transfer of suspected cultists to Abuja on the order of the Inspector General of Police. The plan, as the Governor was made to understand is that, under duress, the suspects would be made to alter the statements they already made in Ilorin.

The Senate President who made the disclosure during the Wednesdays sitting said that intelligence reports made available to him by the Governor of Kwara State, Abdufatah Ahmed indicated the IGP was planning to move some persons already investigated in the state to Abuja where they would be made to change their earlier statements and implicate him (Saraki) in criminal acts.

"The information reaching him from the commissioner of police that they have been directed by IGP to bring them to Abuja".

A statement by PDP's spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan reads, "We have taken judicious note of assertions by the Senate President that the said plot is allegedly being hatched by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim, "to settle scores" with the Senate over its recent declaration that he is not fit to hold public office".

In my own view, this plot is 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.