Saraki cries out over alleged set-up by police IG

Saraki Alleges Plot By IGP To Implicate Him

Nigeria: Senate head suspects police plot to implicate him

Senate President Bukola Saraki's allegation of plot by the police boss, Ibrahim Idris, to implicate him and the Governor of Kwara is an attempt to obstruct justice, police have said.

"It is also imperative to let the public know that a year ago, suspects arrested over the mayhem and killings of innocent people in Ile-Ife, Osun State, those arrested in Southern Kaduna crisis in Kaduna State and suspects arrested in connection with Zaki-biam killings in Benue State were all transferred to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for further investigation before they were arraigned in court of competent jurisdiction".

Speaking at plenary on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Saraki said some cultists whose investigation had been completed and awaiting prosecution have been ordered to be transferred to Abuja by IGP Idris.

The state Police Commissioner, Aminu Pai Saleh, while parading the suspects, said the son of the former Public Relations Officer of the Kwara State Police Command, Lanre Mohammed Soliu, was arrested for alleged murder and membership of Aiye Confraternity cult group.

Although Saraki said he only called the attention of the lawmakers to the plot, the Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, raised a point of order to ask the Senate to investigate the matter.

"Therefore, transferring this hired assassin gang masquerading as cultists in kwara to Force Headquarters, Abuja, for further investigation is in accordance with Police investigation procedures", he said.

They expressed fear that the move is similar to the ordeal meted to the embattled chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, Dino Melaye, who was transferred from Abuja to Kogi State by the police on charges bordering on illegal possession of firearms and gun running. I feel that as we speak now, these suspects are already here in Abuja.

All actions to undermine our democracy (are) a recipe for anarchy because we are doing our work by asking officials to obey the law, due process and subject themselves to constituted authority.

"I know the gravity of the issue that is why I am bringing it to your attention and to continue to let our colleagues and the world know presently the danger we are going with and the levels of the rascality that is going on with some of these actions".

The Senate President said he had the information that the plan was to implicate him in the trial.

Most of those who spoke lamented harassment and intimidation under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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

Others are senators Danjuma Goje, Sam Anyanwu, Aliyu Wammako, Fatima Raji Rasaki and Oluremi Tinubu.

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