Offa Robbery: Police Insist On Investigating Saraki Despite AGF’s Clearance

The Nigeria Police Force is said to have gone ahead to invite Senate President Bukola Saraki for questioning even after Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, has said that it lacked enough evidence to link him to the Offa robbery.

A report by Premium Times, says Malami had communicated to the police in a letter dated June 22 that it will need more evidence to tie down Saraki in the robbery which claimed the lives of over 17 civilians and nine policemen in April.  The letter was signed by Mohammed Umar, the Director of Public Prosecutions, on behalf of Malami.

The AGF’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 Abdulfatah Ahmed, Governor of Kwara State, was also recommended for trial.

Saraki had himself made mention of the letter when he refused to honour an invitation by Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-General of Police, on Monday.

“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,” Saraki said.

At least five banks were raided and substantial amount of cash carted away when armed robbers stormed the polytechnic town on April 5.  At least 12 suspects were arrested at multiple locations within the first week of the attack. Six weeks later, the police said they had taken two more suspects into custody, including the alleged mastermind Michael Adikwu, after a composite CCTV picture of the suspects was circulated by the police.

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