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Offa Robbery: Police Invite Senate President Saraki & Kwara Governor for Questioning

Valentine Chinyem

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki has been invited by the Nigeria Police, over allegations levelled against him by the suspects who orchestrated the Offa robbery, in which nothing less that thirty three people lost their lives, including nine policemen and women.

The statement by the suspect, also indicted the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed, who was also asked to report to Force Intelligence Response Team office at Guzape, Abuja.

The suspects confessed to being political thugs to the Senate President and Kwara State Governor, during their parade at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

From investigations, it was discovered that the suspects during the Ofda Robbery, drove in a Lexus SUV, with a sticker in shape of a number plate, with an inacription, SARAKi.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, who made the disclosure on Sunday, said the duo have been invited for questioning.

He said, the gang leaders and other suspects implicated he Senate President in their statement. He gave their names as follow; Michael Adikwu, 30, who allegedly killed 22 persons at the police station, Kabiru Afolabi,26;Omoseni Kassim,28; Kayode Opadokun,35; Kazeem Abdulrasheed, 36; Azeez Abdullahi, 27 and Adewale Popoola, 22.

Others are Adetoyese Muftau, 23; Alexander Reuben, 39; Richard Terry, 23; Peter Kuunfa, 23; Ikechukwu Nnaji, 29; Moses Godwin, 28; Adeola Omiyale, 38; Femi Idowu, 34; Alabi Olalekan, 49 (Personal Assistant, (Political), to the Kwara State Governor) and Yusuf Abdulwahab, 58, Chief of Staff to the Kwara State Governor.

He added that the arrest of the gang leaders and others was made possible after Ogunleye and Adikwu were apprehended. Their pictures were circulated to the median and public, following capture by Closed Circuit Television camera (CCTV), during the bank robbery operation.

More so, he explained that two AK47 rifles, two beretta pistols, one revolver, and one Toyota Lexus RX300 SUV with Kwara number plate, KMA 143 RM belonging to Akinnibosun used in the robbery were recovered.

Other exhibits, he added, included a Mercedes Benz car with Lagos registration number, LT496 KJA also belonging to Akinnibosun, Toyota Prado SUV with number plate 19KWGH belonging to Olalekan, a Toyota Camry Saloon Car with number LRN 481 FE and the sum of N600,000.

Four mobile handsets and one sticker number plate with the inscription, “SARAKI” “Kwara, State of Harmony,” were also said to have been recovered from the suspects.

The police spokesman said, “The gang leaders namely, Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salawudeen Azeez, Niyi Ogundiran and some of the other 17 suspects arrested for direct involvement and active participation in the Offa bank robberies admitted, confessed and volunteered statements that they were political thugs of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.”

He stated, “The five gang leaders further confessed during investigation that they are political thugs under the name Youth Liberation Movement aka “Good Boys” and confessed to have been sponsored with firearms, money and operational vehicles by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, and the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.

“Meanwhile, the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, is being invited by the Nigeria Police Force to report to the Force Intelligence Response Team Office at Guzape, Abuja, to answer to the allegations levelled against him from the confessions of the gang leaders,” he chipped in.

The police spokesman stated, “The Personal Assistant (Political) is currently in police custody, and he has made a statement, which is assisting the police in further investigations into the case.

“A revolver pistol and pump action gun were recovered by the Police Investigation Team from Olalekan’s farm where he directed his brother to hide them after his arrest.”

In order to conceal evidence, Abdulwahab, the Chief of Staff to the Kwara State Governor, who is in Police custody, was said to have arranged for the removal of the sticker number plate from the exhibit vehicle and also registered the SUV to Akinnibosun who was already in custody for more than six days before the registration of the vehicle.

However, he said upon completion of the ongoing investigation, all culprits would be charged to court.