WE IMPLICATED SENATOR SARAKI UNDER DURESS- OFFA ROBBERY SUSPECTS

By Godson Ikiebey-

According to the three men charged to court over the April 5, 2018, bank robbery in Offa, Kwara state, their confessional statements admitting to the crime, were obtained under duress.

They made this revelation to a high court in Illorin, capital of Kwara state.

The police charged Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye and Adeola Abraham with criminal conspiracy to rob the banks, murder of nine policemen and other citizens, and illegal possession of firearms.

Testifying while being led in evidence in the trial-within-trial by Mathias Emeribe, their counsel, Akinnibosun said he was tortured and threatened to make confessional statements.

He alleged that Abba Kyari, deputy commissioner of police, also asked him and the other accused persons to implicate Senate President Bukola Saraki. He said:

“Abba Kyari told me to say that the Senate President Bukola Saraki gave me the guns for the operations. But I declined to do contending that my life is at stake.

”He promised that they would reward me handsomely and set me free if I can indict Senator Saraki. When I disagreed, they called some policemen to take me back to the cell. During this time my hands were tied to my legs”.

He went further to say that he was the leader of Kwara South Liberation Movement, mobilising young jobless graduates for Rafiu Ibrahim, senator representing Kwara south district.

”The essence is to secure government jobs for the boys”.

Narrating their experience in police custody, Akinnibosun, Ogunleye and Ibrahim alleged that one Vincent, an inspector, allegedly shot dead five men at the police IRT “theatre room” during one of their encounters.

They also stated that it was in the same “theatre room” that Vincent otherwise known as “Mr Torture”, shot dead Michael Adikwu, also a suspect, for failing to indict them in the robbery incident.

According to Ogunleye: “They brought the late Adikwu to implicate us but when he said he had not met any of us in his life, Mr Torture shot him to death”.

After listening to the accused persons’ testimony, Justice Halimat Salman, the presiding judge, adjourned the case till March 25, for continuation of trial.

But a prosecution witness, Hitila Hassan, told the court that the suspects voluntarily gave their statements under his supervision.

Lead prosecuting counsel, sought to tender the statements as exhibit but defence counsel objected to it.

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