Police warn Senator Saraki against jeopardizing murder investigations

The police have confirmed the transfer of suspects linked to a
string of killings in Kwara State to Abuja.
But police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said the transfer was
not because of Senate President Bukola Saraki. He, however,
warned that an alarm raised by Mr Saraki over the development
could compromise the investigation and demoralize families of
those killed by the criminal gang.
The suspects were arrested in Kwara State and paraded before the
press in Ilorin, the state capital, last week Friday, Mr Moshood, an
assistant police commissioner, said in a statement to newsmen.
“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,” the official said.
“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,” he added.
Mr Moshood listed the suspects arrested and paraded in Ilorin
before being moved to Abuja today as follows: 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 and Suleiman Babatunde of Gambari Area,
Ilorin.
Yusuf Habeeb of Kangile Village, Kulende, Ilorin and Umar Yahaya
of Kangile Village, Kulende, Ilorin are also amongst the suspects
arrested.
“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,” Mr Moshood said.
Those allegedly killed by the “assassin gang” according to Mr
Moshood included: 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; Jamiu (Surname unknown) killed in
February 2018 at Idi Ape area, Ilorin.
Others were: 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.
Mr Moshood said there was nothing particularly curious or special
about the transfer, saying suspects arrested over the mayhem and
killings of innocent people in Ile-Ife, Osun State and those arrested
in Southern Kaduna crisis and Zaki-biam killings in Benue State
were all transferred to the Force Headquarters, Abuja for further
investigation before they were arraigned in court.
The statement comes hours after Mr Saraki told senators at the
plenary on Wednesday that he had uncovered an alleged plot by
the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris to frame him up in the
heinous activities of the suspects.
Mr Saraki implied that the alleged scheme might have been
informed by the ongoing stand-off between the Senate and Mr
Idris. The police chief had rejected three different invitations by the
Senate to answer questions about a slew of national crises which
range from the ongoing killings linked to suspected herdsmen and
the arrest and prosecution of Dino Melaye, a senator from Kogi
State.
“The information reaching him from the commissioner of police (is)
that they have been directed by IGP to bring them to Abuja,” Mr
Sakari said of Kwara governor Abdulfatah Ahmed. whom he said
tipped him off on the plot.
“With the information that he has, they would find how to alter their
statement already made in Ilorin and try and implicate the state
government and particularly myself. I felt that as we speak now,
these suspects are already here in Abuja.
“These acts I don’t know whether to call it desperation or
intimidation. All actions to undermine our democracy (are) a recipe
for anarchy because we are doing our work by asking officials to
obey the law, due process and subject themselves to constituted
authority.
“I think it is important (we bring) this dangerous development to
your attention, country and the international authority of the
impunity we are undergoing in this country and the danger to our
democracy,” Mr Saraki added.
Subsequently, the Senate agreed to send a nine-member
delegation to urgently see President Muhammadu Buhari about the
development.
Mr Moshood dismissed Mr Saraki’s claim as “unbelievable,
unverifiable and unfounded,”.
Yet, the police chief refused to categorically clarify whether or not
the suspects named Mr Saraki in their confessional statements or
if the Senate President is in any way under investigation in
connection to the specific charges against the suspects. The
spokesperson did not immediately respond to request for
clarification about this Wednesday night.
The police, however, noted that the suspects targeted and killed
their victims “on the instructions of their sponsors.

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