Police Invitation, an Attempt to Stop Party Switch, Says Saraki

• Why we are inviting Senate president, explains IG
Iyobosa Uwugiaren and Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
In what is seen as the last desperate move to intimidate and stop him from leaving the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has summoned Senate President Bukola Saraki to appear at the office of Intelligence Response Team (IRT) office in Abuja Tuesday over the robbery incident that took place in Offa, Kwara State, in April this year.
But Saraki, in a statement Monday night by his media adviser, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, dismissed the police invitation as a political game, intended to intimidate and force him to remain in a party that revels in criminalising its members.
The invitation letter dated July 23, 2018, which was signed by the IG and addressed to the Senate president, asked Saraki to be at IRT’s office at 8a.m. on Tuesday “for further investigation” and “more clarification’’ on the letter he wrote with reference: CR:3000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/
VOL./130/ 571 dated 4th June 2018 and his letter of response NASS/8th/S/SP/
IGP/15/6/18 dated June 7, 2018 on the matter.
In response to the allegations against him, the Senate president had denied any link to the robbery incident, saying that by virtue of his participation in politics, he had a large followership, which makes it impossible for him to know all of them.
He also denied any association with the vehicle allegedly used by the robbers, mentioned in the police letter, and giving any arms to any thug or other persons in Kwara State or anywhere else.
But in his letter to Saraki, the IG stated that “after a careful perusal’’ of his letter to the police, it was discovered that the statement required further clarification and coupled with the fact that he stated that the full text of the statements of the suspects were not shown to him.
‘’It is imperative you report to the Police to make further statements after giving you the full text of the statements of the suspects,” the police told Saraki in its latest letter to him, adding: “It is in line with the above that you are requested to report to the Head of the Investigation Team at the Intelligence Response Team at Guzape Junction, Asokoro Extension, Abuja on July 24, 2018 at 8a.m. for further investigation on the matter.”
The Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) is said to be investigating a case of armed robbery, which occurred on April 5, 2018 during which a gang of dare-devil armed robbers stormed Offa, Kwara State and attacked a police station, robbed six banks, namely First Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Ecobank, Zenith Bank, Union Bank and Ibolo Micro Finance Bank.
They killed over 31 persons, including nine police officers and pregnant women, and snatched 21 AK47 rifles.
The police further claimed that during the investigation of the armed robbery by the IRT, CCTV footage of the armed robbery, in one of the banks, captured the image of two persons.
The CCTV footage, which was circulated on the social media, led to the identification of Asakunle Ogunleye and Michael Adikwu, who were tracked and arrested by the police, and said to have made very useful statements and named the five gang leaders who organised the armed robbery.
The police further claimed that some of the five gang leaders made confessional statements, admitting their participation in the robbery and claiming to be political thugs under the name, ‘’Youth Liberation Movement, aka Good Boys.”lll

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