Saraki Senate President says IGP wants to implicate him using cultists

Saraki says the IGP Ibrahim Idris wants to implicate him in an already concluded case involving cultists.

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Senate President Bukola Saraki has revealed an alleged plot by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to implicate him.

Speaking at plenary on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Saraki said some cultists whose investigation had been completed and awaiting prosecution have been ordered to be transferred to Abuja by IGP Idris.

The Senate President said the Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed the happenings to him on Tuesday night.

Saraki described the news as an act of desperation and intimidation capable of undermining the Nigerian democracy.

His words: “Last night, my state governor, revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who have been arrested in our state for cultism, whose investigation has been completed and were about to be under prosecution under the state law on the advise of DPP and the ministry of justice, all of a sudden been ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.

“The information reaching him from the commissioner of police is that they have been directed by  the IGP to bring them to Abuja. With the information that he has, they would find how to alter their statement already made in Ilorin and try and implicate the state government and particularly myself. I felt that as we speak now, these suspects are already here in Abuja.

“These acts I don’t know whether to call it desperation or intimidation, all actions to undermine our democracy, a recipe for anarchy because we are doing our work by asking officials to obey the law, due process and subject themselves to constituted authority. I think it is important, I think this dangerous development, to your attention, country and the international authority of the impunity we are undergoing in this country and the danger to our democracy," he added.

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“I know the gravity of the issue that is why I am bringing it to your attention and to continue to let our colleagues and the world know presently the danger we are going with and the levels of the rascality that is going on with some of these actions. I have brought it to your attention and we must continue to play our own role in doing what we believe in the course of our duty.

“It is very unfortunate but that it the information I have as of now,” the President of the Senate said.

The Senate resolved to set up an eight-man committee to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to intimate him on the matter.

The delegation would consist of the Senate President, the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan; the Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye; and the Minority Leader,  Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Other members of the delegation would included Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Sam Anyanwu, Senator Aliyu Wammako, Senator Fatima Raji Rasaki, and Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

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