The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris has debunked statement credited to the Senate President Bukola Saraki of plot to framed him in a criminal offences committed in Kwara State by some suspected killers already arrested.
The police while reacting in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood made available to Penpushing, said Saraki’s allegation against Idris was untrue, misleading and obstruction of Justice, warning the Senate President not to interfere with police investigation.
‘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 Inspector General of Police’.
‘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 statement emphasized that, the force will leave no stone unturned and will do everything within the ambit of the law to ensure justice in this matter, no matter whose ox is gored, stressing further that there is no iota of truth in the allegation and false assertion by the Senate President of plot against him
‘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’
The police declared that, until investigation is concluded, any person (s) or group(s) who tries to interfere in the investigation process by action or utterances is committing an offence, explaining that to set the records straight, the Kwara State Police Command on the 11th of May, 2018, paraded some suspects in connection with killings of eleven innocent people before the Media and the Public.
The statement gave identities of the suspects as include; 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, Suleiman Babatunde of Gambari Area, Ilorin, Yusuf Habeeb of Kangile Village, Kulende, Ilorin and Umar Yahaya of Kangile Village, Kulende, Ilorin.
‘The suspects admitted and confessed before the press and the public to have killed Eleven (11) innocent persons in Kwara State and other States of the country. The victims according to the suspects were targeted and killed on the instructions of their sponsors’
The police also listed names of victims killed in cold blood as; Bukola Ajikobi (killed on 18/01/2016 at ajikobi Area in Ilorin), Azeez Lawal (killed in February, 2018 at Oja Oba area of Ilorin), Lateef (killed February, 2018 at Ode Alfa Nda area of Ilorin) Jamiu (killed in February 2018 at idi ape area, Ilorin) and Segun (killed in September, 2017 at Kankatu area of Ilorin)
Other are; Wasiu (killed in September 29, 2016 at Shao garage of Ilorin), Musiliu (killed in February, 2018 at Shao Area Ilorin), Bayo Ajia (killed in January 18, 2018 at Taiwo Road, Ilorin), Lateef (killed in January 2016 at Baboko Area of Ilorin), Abbey a student of Kwara Polytechnic( killed in April, 2017 at Niger Road, Ilorin),and Lanre ( killed on 23rd August, 2015 at Isale Aluko Area of Ilorin).
‘Consequent upon the public confessions of these vicious and notorious killer squad to the killings in cold blood of more than Eleven (11) innocent people in Kwara State and other States of the Federation, the statutory procedure and practice in the Force is that such a heinous crime and capital offence is transferred to the Force Headquarters for further investigation’.
The statement explained that, this is to enable a thorough and discreet investigation into the crime, adding that it is pertinent to state that, there is no vested interest by the Inspector General of Police in the ongoing investigation into the several murders committed by this killer gang, other than ensuring that justice prevails in the matter.
‘Nobody, no matter how highly placed would be allowed to interfere or obstruct Police investigation to pervert the course of justice. It is also imperative to let the public know that last year, suspects arrested over the mayhem and killings of innocent people in Ile-Ife, Osun State and those arrested in Southern Kaduna crisis in Kaduna State and suspects arrested in connection with Zaki-biam killings in Benue State were all transferred to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for further investigation before they were arraigned in court of competent jurisdiction’.
‘Therefore, transferring this hired assassin gang masquerading as cultists in Kwara State to Force Headquarters; Abuja for further investigation is in accordance with Police investigation procedures. It is also important to underscore that the statement credited to the Senate President can dissuade and discourage living victims/deceased families of those who must have been killed by this vicious hired assassin gang from coming forward to give evidence against them’.
The Police implored members of the general public to disregard and discountenance the claim of plot by the Inspector General of Police against the Senate President as a ruse, unfortunate and an attempt to divert police investigation into the killings of more than eleven innocent people from Kwara State and other States of the federation in the recent past by the killer squad who operate under the guise of a cult group.