The Nigeria Police Force has disclosed that there’s enough evidence to charge Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to court over his alleged links to the criminal gang that killed at least 33 people during a robbery operation in April.
In a letter, dated July 23, 2018, signed by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, he directed Saraki to report himself to the Intelligence Response Team office in Abuja on Tuesday, July 24. However, the senate president failed to show up, opting instead to preside over the day’s session at the National Assembly complex.
Later on Tuesday, Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood, warned the senate president to report to the police force as soon as possible before it is compelled to use all the instruments of the law to ensure compliance.
While appearing on Channels Television on Wednesday, July 25, DCP Moshood said the force has enough to charge the senate president to court with the amount of evidence available. He said the force will not hesitate to see to the prevalence of the rule of law.
He said, “The investigators have been directed to take all actions within the ambit of the law to ensure that there’s compliance with the law because the bottomline is that we have a case that can stand the test of trial against the senate president and we don’t want people to politicise criminality.
“People (were) alleged of criminal act and he was indicted in the confession of five principal suspects in this Offa bank robbery that, ‘You armed us as political thugs’ and they decided to use it for robbery; and part of the vehicles that he equally gave them were used for robbery.
“Anybody that is involved at the beginning, at the middle, in the commission of the crime is as culpable as anybody that committed the crime.”
He said the senate president’s failure to honour Tuesday’s invitation is a disrespect to the rule of law and promised that appropriate actions will be taken against the leader of the upper legislative chamber.
He said, “We are treating it as a disrespect to the law and we’re going to take appropriate actions to ensure that he complies with the rule of law. Nobody is above the law.
“We’ll ensure that no stone is left unturned in resolving this crime. We want him to know that in democracy, the rule of law prevails. The supremacy of the law must be adhered to.”
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