The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has reacted to his invitation by the police and alleged implication in the Offa robbery.

According to SaharaReporters, five of the suspects involved in the robbery named the Senate President and the Kwara state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmedas their sponsors.

They also claimed that the Senate President and the kwara state Governor give them firearms, money and vehicles to carry out their operations.

Saraki’s statement

In his reaction, the Senate President, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, denied any links with the Offa robbery suspects.

Saraki also called on Nigerians to disregard the claims made by the Nigerian Police Force, describing it as an attempt to implicate him by all means.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has been drawn to a story circulating online and apparently derived from a Press Conference addressed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moshood Jimoh, linking him (Saraki) to the Offa robbery.

“Dr. Saraki will want the entire public to disregard this claim as a baseless allegation and another ploy by the Police to implicate him by all means. Let it be known that there is no way I could have been associated with armed robbery against my people.

"When the Offa robbery incident happened, I was the first top public official to pay a visit to the place and right there in the palace of the traditional ruler, I put a call through to this same Mr. Ibrahim Idris, the IGP, requesting him to make certain specific security arrangements as demanded by the people.

"Members of the public will remember that on May 16, 2018, I alerted the Senate about the information passed on to me by my State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed, over a plot by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to frame me up by getting some suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin to implicate me. It is believed that the timely leakage of the plot in that case aborted the use of the suspected cultists to implicate me. Now, it is the Offa bank robbery suspects that are about to be used.”

They will fail

The Senate President also said that the plot to frame him up will not succeed.

He also alleged that the claim by the police is part of IGP Idris’ plan to get back at him following his summon to the Senate.

"This plot is concocted to embarrass me and, in the mind of the IGP, it is his own response after his refusal to honour the invitation by the National Assembly, headed by me, for him to come and offer explanations on the rampant killings and violence across the country.

"Like the earlier one, this frame-up will also fail as I hereby state categorically that I have no link with any band of criminals.

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"As a person who has utmost respect for the rule of law and all constitutional institutions, when the invitation from the Police is formally extended to me, I will be ready to honour it without any delay.

"It is however sad that this abuse of the criminal investigation process aimed at intimidating and over-overawing the legislature, thereby obstructing it from doing its work, is a big threat to our democracy ", the Senate President  added.

The police has also issued a statementexplaining why it summoned the Senate President to  clear the air on his involvement in the Offa robbery incident.

Also, the Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly withdrawn some of its operatives assigned to Senate President Bukola Saraki.