- CACOL is asking the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, to respond to queries by the authorities over his alleged link with some suspects of the Offa bank robbery
- Debo Adeniran says all those involved in the act must be made to face justice
- Adeniran also urges the police to dig deeper into the relationship between Saraki and one of the major suspects
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has called on the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, to respond to the allegations that have been levelled against him by the police over the confession of some robbery suspects.
The robbers were arrested after a bloody operation on banks in Offa, Kwara state.
In a statement by Ikenna Aghagbobi, its spokesperson, CACOL, through its head, Debo Adeniran, said it was alarmed that the gang leader, Ayoade Akinnibosun, in an interview with journalists said he worked as a political thug for Saraki while he was still in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The group also noted that the suspect also stated that the more alarming details is that the robbers were allegedly sponsored with firearms, money and operational vehicles by the Senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki, and the governor of Kwara state, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Adeniran urged the police to investigate diligently, the allegations made by the Offa robbers against Saraki and Ahmed as being sponsors of gangsterism.
"Even though the robbers have reported that, Saraki, and Ahmed were not directly connected with the robberies, sponsoring mayhem and disrupting the rule of law is a grievous offence and hence, should not be treated with levity.
“It is a shocking and disgraceful revelation that those whom we entrusted the power to make decisions on the nation’s behalf are being mentioned in one type of crime or the other.
"This time, we should not sweep it under the rug as we do to most cases involving those in public offices.
“While we hope these allegations are not politically motivated, we believe it is wrong to withdraw the security aides of these men based on mere allegations.
"The law provides that an accused person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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“CACOL considers it imperative that the police initiate a probe to find out what exactly transpired between the Senate president and Offa robbers. Other criminals being detained in connection with this case should also be questioned to expose their accomplices.
"We also urge our security institutions not to relent in their quest to maintain law and order across the country," the statement said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the police revealed the circumstances that led to the invitation of Senate President Bukola Saraki over April 5, multiple bank robbery in Offa Kwara state.
Police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, who announced the arrest of Yusuf Abdulwahab, the chief of staff to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and Alabi Olalekan, his personal assistant, political, said the bandits arrested made confessions during interrogations, indicting the senate president in the process.
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