The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has accused the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris of turning the force to a vicious tool to suppressed perceived opponents of the party in power, linking his invitation for questioning on Offa robbery as a plan to abort planned defection of lawmakers from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speculations are rife that dozens of lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly have concluded plans to dump the APC– a development that will deplete the party’s majority and poses danger to its chances of retaining power in 2019.
Speaking on a request for him to appear before investigators on Tuesday, Saraki who said the Police was after him for political reason, disclosed plan to detain him to pressure Senators and House of Representatives from going ahead with their defection.
Saraki said decision on the 2019 election is beyond him and that no amount of travail would deter him, declaring that the fresh assault on him will fail as he is not involve with the robbery incident or any other criminal matter.
“I have been reliably informed that the police invitation was planned by the IG as a ploy to stop an alleged plan by some Senators and House of Representatives members from defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC),” he said.
“It was also said that if I was detained between Tuesday and Wednesday, that will abort the so-called defection plan.
“While I continue to maintain that the issue of my position on the 2019 elections is not a personal decision for me alone to make, it should be noted that all these concoctions and evil plots cannot deter me.
“Those behind this fresh assault will fail as I have nothing to do with the robbery incident or any criminal matter for that matter.”
The former Kwara state governor revealed legal advise offered by the DPP clearing him and Kwara state governor, Ahmed AbdulFatai of complicit in the Offa robbery incident, accusing the Police of politicizing their investigation to witch-hunt and blackmail him and others from freely choosing their political destination.
He maintained innocence in the robbery incident or any other criminal activity, pointing out that Police were out to embarrass him, which explains the manner of his invitation and failure to include statement of arrested suspects as earlier agreed.
“The Police have obviously corrupted and politicized their investigations into the Offa robbery incident. They have turned it into an instrument for the party in power to suppress perceived opponents, witch hunt issue for blackmailing people from freely choosing which platform on which they want to pursue their ambitions and a matter for harassing the people whose exit from APC would harm the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections,” he noted.
“I want to make it apparent that I have no hand in either the robbery incident or any criminal acitivity. The Police in their haste to embarrass me sent the invitation to me at 8pm and requested that I report to the station by 8am tomorrow morning. This obviously demonstrated their desperation as I do not see why they are now in a hurry.
“They also stated in today’s letter that because in my response of June 7, 2018 to their own letter written on June 4, 2018, I stated that I was responding simply to the contents of the letter and that the full text of the statement made by the arrested suspects which they claimed indicted me was not made available to me, they were now including the suspects statements in the current letter. Yet, instead of including the suspects’ statements, they only attached two copies of my own letter to the invitation. No suspects statement was made available.
“This plot aimed at compelling me and my associates to stay in a party where members are criminalised without just cause, where injustice is perpetrated at the highest level and where there is no respect for constitutionalism is an exercise in futility and it will fail.
“Once again, my confidence in God and our judicial system remains intact and unshaken. The truth shall also prevail in this case.”
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