Hold IGP Responsible Should Any Untoward Happen To Me, My Family – Saraki

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Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, has told Nigerians to hold Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, responsible should any calamity befall him or members of his family.

Senator Saraki raised the alarm at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday.

According to him, security agencies, especially the Police, regularly provide cover for alleged political thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) when they manhandle members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State. 

The Senate President also alleged that purported supporters of the APC attacked PDP supporters at Adewole/Adeta, in Ilorin during their ward meeting on Thursday in the presence of police officers.

He claimed that the policemen on ground did nothing to stop the violence, which resulted in a number of the PDP supporters sustaining various injuries.

He also alleged that the same set of thugs went to his family quarters in Agbaji in Ilorin and vandalised houses, shops and inflicted machete wounds on three persons.

“They disrupted the meetings by shouting their party slogan and when our people responded by mentioning our own slogan, they fired gunshots into their midst in Adewole/Adeta.

“They also inflicted machete cuts on some of them. As a result of this attack, two people suffered bullet wounds,” he said.

Senator Saraki lamented that the Police had shown resentment towards him and the PDP supporters in the state, describing the presumed collaboration between the APC and the police as “sinister.”

“All this destruction took place in the presence of policemen who came with them but watched without any care, as the APC thugs and supporters unleashed violence on our people.

“For me, personally, I believe the decision to attack people and properties in my family ancestral compound is a direct affront and attack on my person.

“And whatever signal these APC elements with support from the Police believe they are sending is definitely sinister, uncivilised and unfortunate.

“Our people have filed reports of the incidents in relevant Police stations in Ilorin, but we have doubts that anything tangible and constructive will come out of these reports,” he said.

The Senate President said he was no longer sure of his security, which prompted him to raise an alarm about the current state of his safety.

“Thus, the entire world should hold the IGP responsible if anything untoward happens to members of my family and myself.”

“A situation where political thugs and operatives attack opponents of the APC under the watch and protection of law enforcement agents does not present Nigeria well in the comity of nations,” Senator Saraki said.

He also questioned why IGP Idris regularly reshuffled police personnel in Kwara State.

While he acknowledged that it is the prerogative of the police to deploy its personnel anywhere it deems fit, he claimed that the latest reshuffle at the state police command sends a negative message.

The Senate President also claimed that unlike his first year, Commissioners of Police deployed to Kwara do not interact with him or ensure his safety is guaranteed whenever he visits the state.

He said: “It should also be noted that IGP has posted three different Commissioners of Police to Kwara State in the last six months.

“In fact, the previous and current Commissioner of Police in the State got strict instructions from the IGP not to relate or engage with the Senate President.

“The usual practice has been that the Commissioner of Police personally ensures the security of the Senate President whenever he visits his home state. That was the practice during the period of my predecessor and in my first year in office.”

 

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