President of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki has cried out on how the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris is plotting to implicate him and Kwara state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmad in criminal case involving some cultists’ case.
The Senate President raised the alarm at Wednesday’s plenary as he said; “There is an issue I need to bring to your attention urgently. Last night, a group of suspects that had been arrested in Kwara state for cultism and whose investigation had been completed & were about to go under prosecution under state law under the advice of the DPP and Ministry of Justice. All of a sudden they are being ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.”
Continuing he said, the information reaching him as he received is that from the Inspector General of Police, is that they had been directed by the IGP to bring them to Abuja. The information that he has is for them to try to see how they will alter the statement that they already made in Ilorin and try to implicate the State Government and, “particularly myself.”
Saraki said; As we speak now, these suspects are already here in Abuja. These acts are of desperation, blackmail and intimidation. All actions to undermine our democracy are a recipe for anarchy because we are doing our work tasking officials to obey the law, due process and subject themselves to constitutional authority. I think it is important that I bring these dangerous developments to your attention, and the attention of the entire country.”
Meanwhile, while responding on the matter, the Senate’s Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio said the allegations are quite weighty and capable of further tarnishing the image of the country; asking the Senate to set up a committee to investigate the matter.
Deputy Minority Leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah seconds the motion asking the Senate President to step down for the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu to allow proper investigation into the matter.
One after the other, Senators called for thorough investigation into the matter.
Saraki stepped down as Senate sets up a 7- man Committee led by the Senate President himself to meet with President Muhammadu over the matter.
Others in the committee are Senators Danjuma Goje, Samuel Anyanwu, Raji Rasaki, Aliyu Wammako, Oluremi Tinubu and Abdullahi Adamu.
The committee is to report back in one week.
Read Saraki’s Full Statement Below:
STATEMENT BY SENATE PRESIDENT INTIMATING SENATORS OF PLOT AGAINST HIM BY IGP
My Distinguished colleagues, there is an issue which I need to bring to your attention very urgently.
Last night, my State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who had been in police cells for several weeks for cultism and whose investigation had been concluded with prosecution about to commence under the State law based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Ministry of Justice were ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.
According to the information available to the Governor, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim directed the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State to immediately transfer the men to the Force Headquarters. The plan, as the Governor was made to understand is that, under duress, the suspects would be made to alter the statements they already made in Ilorin. They will then be made to implicate the Kwara State Government, and in particular, myself, in their new statement.
This plot is part of the strategy by the IGP Idris to settle scores over the declaration by this honourable Chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office, within and outside the country and that he is an enemy of Nigerian democracy based on his usual disrespectful conduct towards lawful authorities.
In my own view, this plot is an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning our country into a Police State where top officials cannot be made to obey the law, follow due process and subject themselves to constituted authorities.
I want to bring this dangerous development to the attention of all of you my colleagues, the entire country and the international community so that you can be aware of the level of impunity in our country and the danger it constitute to our democracy.
Thank you, all
Sen. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON.
May 16, 2018.