IGP to Saraki: Don’t pervert justice

IGP to Saraki: Don’t pervert justice
Saraki, IGP

The Nigeria Police Force has described as false, the claim by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was planning to implicate him.

Saraki on Wednesday at the plenary of the Senate raised the alarm that Idris was after him.

According to the Senate President, following information by the governor of his state, Ahmed Abdulfattah, there was a plot to transfer some suspected cult members in detention in Ilorin to Abuja where they would be forced to implicate him (Saraki).

Saraki alleged that the action was the Inspector General of Police’ plot at getting at him in view of some of the actions the Legislature had taken against him.

But in a swift reaction, the Police Force said there was not truth in the alarm.

According to a statement issued by police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, the action of the Senate President was an attempt at perverting justice.

“The Nigeria Police Force hereby implores members of the general public to disregard and discountenance the claim of plot by the IGP against the Senate President as a ruse, unfortunate and an attempt to divert Police investigation into the killings of more than Eleven (11) 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,” Moshood said.

He explained that the people referred to by the Senate President were suspected hired killers who had confessed to killing some innocent persons on the instruction of their sponsors.

He said transferring such suspects to Abuja for thorough investigations was normal.

He cited the transfer of suspects arrested over the clash in Ile Ife, Osun State, to Abuja for further probe as one of the examples of such cases.

He gave the names of the suspected cultists as 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.

Some of the victims of the suspected assassins are 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 (Surname unknown) killed February, 2018 at Ode Alfa Nda area of Ilorin and Jamiu (Surname unknown) killed in February 2018 at Idi-ape area, Ilorin.

Others are Segun (Surname unknown) killed in September, 2017 at Kankatu area of Ilorin; Wasiu (Surname unknown) killed in September 29, 2016 at Shao Garage of Ilorin; Musiliu (Surname unknown) killed in February, 2018 at Shao Area Ilorin; Bayo Ajia killed in January 18, 2018 at Taiwo Road, Ilorin;  Another 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 (Surname unknown) killed on 23rd August, 2015 at Isale Aluko Area of Ilorin.

The police warned that no matter the situation, they would leave no stone unturned and would do everything within the ambit of the law to ensure justice in the matter.

The full statement reads by the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood reads:

RE: STATEMENT BY SENATE PRESIDENT INTIMATING SENATORS OF PLOT AGAINST HIM BY IGP IBRAHIM K. IDRIS, NPM, mni

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, CON of “PLOT AGAINST HIM BY IGP”.

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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 K. Idris, NPM, mni 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 (s) or group(s) 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;

  1. Abolaji Safti Ojulari of Kankatu area, Ilorin.
  2. Lanre Mohammed Soliu a.k.a Askari of Ile Nda Compound, Ilorin.

iii. Azeez Moyaki of Moyaki Compound, Gambari Area Ilorin.

  1. Suleiman Babatunde of Gambari Area, Ilorin.
  1. Yusuf Habeeb of Kangile Village, Kulende, Ilorin.
  1. 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. Find attached names of victims killed in cold blood (i) Bukola Ajikobi killed on 18/01/2016 at ajikobi Area in Ilorin (ii) Azeez Lawal killed in February, 2018 at Oja oba area of Ilorin (iii) Lateef (Surname unknown) killed February, 2018 at Ode Alfa Nda area of Ilorin (iv) Jamiu (Surname unknown) killed in February 2018 at idi ape area, Ilorin (v) One segun (Surname unknown) killed in September, 2017 at kankatu area of Ilorin (vi) Wasiu (Surname unknown) killed in September 29, 2016 at Shao garage of Ilorin (vii) Musiliu (Surname unknown) killed in February, 2018 at Shao Area Ilorin (viii) Bayo Ajia killed in January 18, 2018 at taiwo Road, Ilorin (ix) Another Lateef killed in January 2016 at Baboko Area of Ilorin (x) Abbey a student of Kwara Polytechnic killed in April, 2017 at Niger Road, Ilorin (xi) Lanre (Surname unknown) 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. This is to enable a thorough and discreet investigation into the crime.

However, 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 Nigeria Police Force hereby implores members of the general public to disregard and discountenance the claim of plot by the IGP against the Senate President as a ruse, unfortunate and an attempt to divert Police investigation into the killings of more than Eleven (11) 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.

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.

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