Offa Robbery: Saraki Sends Response To His Allegations

Bukola Saraki, Senate President
Bukola Saraki, Senate President

The brick-bat between the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Police over Offa bank robbery continued Thursday as the former said the latter had received his response in written form.

Saraki’s tweet came barely 24 hours after the police insisted on Wednesday that he must appear in person to answer questions over his roll in the robbery incident which claimed 33 lives, including nine policemen.

“In line with their request, earlier today, the police received my response to their letter on the investigation into the Offa robbery case,” the Senate President tweeted Thursday.

But while parading two more suspects arrested in connection with the robbery in Abuja yesterday, Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said the Senate president had a case to answer and must appear in person before the Force Intelligence Response Team, FIRT, for questioning.

Meanwhile, Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Ruai, Thursday in Kwara State, commended  the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on the manner he’s been handling the investigation of Offa bank robbery, saying he was doing an excellent job.

El-Rufai made the commendation in Oro town at the annual Ramadan Lecture organised by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who is a native of the town.

Recall that the National assembly has just passed a vote of no confidence on the police boss whose  actions and inactions they considered antithetical to democracy

The lawmakers raised against the police chief issues such as his failure to personally appear before the Senate when summoned on the state of security of the nation,  the invasion of the Senate and carting away of the maze by some miscreants and the invitation of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for interrogation over Offa bank robbery .

Saraki, a former governor of Kwara State and, at present, a strong political leader in the state, is also under the searchlight of the police over the Offa robbery incident.

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But Mallam El-Rufail, praised the police boss on the occasion and thanked the Chief Imam of Oro, Mikhail Onisan, for praying for the nation and leaders.

He said: “I thank the Chief Imam for his prayers for the country,  President Buhari,  the Inspector-General of Police who is doing an excellent job,  the Minister of Information and others. May God accept his prayers.

“Irrespective of what anybody might be saying, he (IGP) deserves commendation, and Almighty Allah will continue to guide him.”

The governor, who said he was at the programme because he was unable to attend last year’s edition.

Also speaking, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister, praised El-Rufai, describing him as a detribalised Nigerian who believed in merit rather than tribal or religious sentiment.

Mohammed, while noting that most chiefs of Oro community who attend the annual lecture were Christians, with some previous editions holding in church compound, described the community as religiously harmonious and tolerant.