The Senate President Bukola Saraki has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to implicate him and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed.
Speaking while presiding over plenary on Wednesday, Saraki said Ahmed called him on Tuesday night to give him the information.
VIDEO: Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, speaking about the alleged plot by the Police to implicate him using coerced cultists. pic.twitter.com/6G0rho3Iwu
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The senate president said from what he learnt, the IGP ordered that some suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin should be taken to Abuja where their statements will be altered to implicate him and the state government.
He said: “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 the ministry of justice, all of a sudden were ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.”
“The information reaching him from the commissioner of police that they have been directed by 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 feel 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 to call your attention to this dangerous development. The impunity happeneing in this country is a danger to our democracy.”
Last night, the police chief reacted to the allegation by the senate president saying that he is attempting to obstruct justice.
The IGP also urged the senate president not to interfere with Police investigation adding that all those involved no matter their status would be brought to book.
In a statement signed by the Force Public Relation Officer, ACP Jimoh Moshood, the Police said:
“The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to Press Statement credited to the Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, of “Plot Against Him by IGP”. “The Nigeria Police Force is shocked at the unbelievable claims, unverifiable allegations and unfounded accusations being peddled against the IGP by the Senate President, accusing the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris of plot and strategies against him to settle scores.
“The Force therefore wishes to categorically state that, there is no iota of truth in the allegation and false assertion by the Senate President of plot against him by the IGP to implicate the Kwara State Government and the Senate President in any criminal matter.
“Until investigation is concluded, any person, persons or group who tries to interfere in the investigation process by action or utterances is committing an offence.
“To set the records straight, the Kwara State Police Command on the 11th of May, 2018, paraded the following suspects before the Media and the Public, namely; Abolaji Safti Ojulari of Kankatu area, Ilorin, Lanre Mohammed Soliu a.k.a Askari of Ile Nda Compound, Ilorin, Azeez Moyaki of Moyaki Compound, Gambari Area Ilorin.”