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Saraki writes IG, denies links with Offa bank robbery suspects

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has written to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, denying any links with the robbers that attacked several banks in Offa, Kwara state on April 5th.

Recall that the robbery suspects had confessed to be political thugs of Saraki and that the senate president provided them with the arms and ammunition they use during elections which they now use for robbery.

The police in June invited Saraki for questioning over the claims made by the suspects but Saraki responded to the invitation in writing, denying the claims.

On Monday June 23rd, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, wrote to Saraki, asking him to appear for questioning over the claims by the suspects. Saraki however could not honor the invitation following the seige that was laid around his home by security agencies.

However, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Saraki, Yusuph Olaniyonu, says the senate president has responded to the June 23rd summon in writing. Yusuph said Saraki in his recent letter, denied the allegations leveled against him by the suspects.

Yusuph said Saraki’s letter was written and dispatched to the police on Tuesday and was duely received by the police. He added that there was no need for Saraki to go to the police personally after writing to them.

“He has written a letter to them and the letter has taken care of the purpose of the invitation. He sent the letter to them yesterday (Tuesday). The letter addressed the issues raised in the invitation letter,” Olaniyon told Punch

The police spokesman, Moshood Jimoh, could not be reached for comment on Saraki’s letter as he did not respond to several phone calls.

In a similar development, it was learnt that the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, had written the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission requesting another date to appear before the commission.

It was learnt that Ekweremadu sent the letter to the EFCC on Wednesday.

A senior EFCC official told PUNCH that the senator noted that he wasn’t given ample time to honour the invitation and would, therefore, need more time.

The EFCC official said, “We received a letter from Senator Ekweremadu requesting another date to appear before us. We will respond to him in due course.”

Officials of the anti-graft agency accompanied by scores of policemen had on Tuesday laid siege to the Deputy Senate President’s home on Jim Nwobodo’s home, Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja.

The EFCC operatives had attempted to arrest Ekweremadu barely hours after inviting him.

In a letter signed by the Director of Operations of the EFCC, Mohammed Abba, with a reference number, ‘CR.3000/EFCC/DOPS/Vol.49/40 dated July 24, 2018, the commission asked the Deputy Senate President to immediately make himself available for questioning.

In the letter titled, ‘Case of Conspiracy, Abuse of Office and Money Laundering’, the anti-graft agency said the request was made pursuant to Section 38(1) of the Economic and Financial Crimes (Establishment) Act, 2004.

The letter read in part, 

“The commission is investigating the above-mentioned case in which your name featured prominently and the need to obtain certain clarifications from you became imperative.

“In view of the above, you are kindly requested to report and interview by the undersigned at 5 Fomela Street off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent Wuse 2, Abuja on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at 10 am prompt.”

Ekweremadu could not be reached to confirm or deny his response to the EFCC. His Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, was contacted via telephone on Wednesday afternoon but he asked for more time to reach out to his boss. When he was called again at 7:45 pm, he said his boss was not home.

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