The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Wednesday sounded an alarm that the Offa armed robbery suspects were being suddenly transferred to the Force Headquarters in Abuja with the ulterior motive by police authorities to implicate him in the heinous crime.
Addressing his colleagues at the Senate, Saraki stated that his home state governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed told him last night that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris ordered that transfer of the suspects from Kwara state to the police headquarters in Abuja with a view to making them alter their statements and implicate him.
He claimed that Idris is doing this to extract a pound of flesh in response to the Senate’s recent declaration that the IGP is not qualified and competent to hold any public office, within and outside the country and that he is an enemy of Nigerian democracy.
The Senate President said, “My distinguished colleagues, there is an issue which I need to bring to your attention very urgently.
“Last night, my state governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who had been in police cells for several weeks for cultism and whose investigation had been concluded with prosecution about to commence under the state law based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, and the Ministry of Justice were ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.
“According to the information available to the governor, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim directed the commissioner of Police in Kwara state to immediately transfer the men to the force headquarters. The plan, as the governor was made to understand is that, under duress, the suspects would be made to alter the statements they already made in Ilorin. They will then be made to implicate the Kwara state government, and in particular, myself, in their new statement.
“This plot is part of the strategy by the IGP to settle scores over the declaration by this honourable chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office, within and outside the country and that he is an enemy of Nigerian democracy based on his usual disrespectful conduct towards lawful authorities.
“In my own view, this plot is an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning our country into a police state where top officials cannot be made to obey the law, follow due process and subject themselves to constituted authorities.
“I want to bring this dangerous development to the attention of all of you my colleagues, the entire country and the international community to that you can be aware of the level of impunity in our country and the danger it constitute to our democracy”.
In their reactions, senators, who listened to their presiding officer, stated that the country’s democracy was in danger and that the emerging indices were not good for the country as its lawmakers are being maliciously hunted for disgrace and humiliation.