THERE IS NO DIRECT LINK BETWEEN OFFA ROBBERY SUSPECTS AND SENATOR SARAKI- DPP OF THE FEDERATION

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As the Offa robbery saga continues to unfold, the public prosecution office under the ministry of justice has said it cannot establish a link between Senate President Bukola Saraki and the suspects arrested over the robbery.

You will recall that the robbery, which took place on April 5, led to the death of 33 persons, including pregnant women and 12 police officers.

According to the police, the suspects had direct link to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Abdulfatai Ahmed, governor of Kwara.

Some of the suspects were alleged to have claimed that Senator Saraki provided them with some of the exhibits used for the operation.

Both men have denied all of the allegations brought against them.

In a letter written by Mohammed U.E, director, public prosecution of the federation to Idris Ibrahim, inspector-general of police (IGP), saying from evidence in the interim report on the matter, his office could not establish a nexus between Senator Saraki, Ahmed, and the suspects.

Mohammed, however, advised the police to carry out a further investigation as it concerns the senator and governor. The DPP of the federation said that:

“For the senate president and the Kwara state governor, this office is unable to establish from the evidence in the interim report a nexus between the alleged offence and the suspects. Hence, it is in our advice that further and thorough investigation in this regard be carried out”.

“Areas to be covered include but not limited to the following;

“i. Establish whether the planning and the execution of the robbery attack of the 5th April 2018 at Offa was carried out at their instance, knowledge or approval.

“ii. Whether the weapons used for the robbery attack aforementioned were supplied by either the senate president, Bukola Saraki or the governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatai Ahmed.

“iii. And any other area or areas that may assist in establishing a prima facie case of aiding and abetting crime, or accessory after the fact”.

And on Monday, July 23, 2018, the police asked Senator Saraki to appear at the office of intelligence response team (IRT) office in Abuja over the robbery incident.

The senate president however, replied the police, accusing the force of politicising their investigation.

He is yet to appear and the police have vowed to do its best in making him comply with the directive.

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