- The police have urged the public to disregard claims by Senate president Bukola Saraki that the police gave protection to suspected APC thugs to invade his family compound in Kwara
- According to the police, there is no such thing as giving protection to any political thug to invade the family compound of the Senate president
- Saraki had claimed that the suspected thugs invaded his family compound and vandalised houses, shops and inflicted wounds with machete on three people
The Nigeria Police Force has accused Senate president Bukola Saraki of misinforming the public with his claims that suspected thugs working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) invaded his family compound in Kwara with the help of some policemen and destroyed a lot of things.
The allegation was denied in a statement by the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, in which the police said Saraki had not lodged complaint to the Force as of the time he held the press conference where the allegations were made, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the police said there was no such thing as giving protection to any political thug or shielding any APC thug to invade the family compound of the Senate president.
The statement read: “The Nigeria Police Force did not give any protection to any political thug or shield any APC thug to go to family quarters of the Senate President in Agbaji, Ilorin and vandalize houses, shops and inflict wounds with machete on three people as claimed by the Senate President.
“The Police did not receive any complaint or report of gunshot and wounding as claimed by the Senate President in other areas he mentioned such as Adewole/Adeta, Ile-otan and ubandawaki/pakata.
“For avoidance of doubt, there was no complaint reported at any Police division within Ilorin metropolis or any other Police Division on the 10th January, 2019 till today 11th January 2019 of any attack, wounding, shooting and destruction of any property by any individual(s) or any political party on their members.
“However, Security within Ilorin metropolis and other locations in kwara State has been beefed-up to ensure security of all Nigerians living in the State.
“It is pertinent to state that all Police personnel attached to the person of the Senate President, his office and family are intact and all the statutory security protection on the person of the Senate President are also accorded him all the time and there was no complaint from the Senate President before now to the Police on this.
“It is incumbent on the Force to set the record straight and correct the wrong impressions that must have been created in the minds of the general Public and the International Community from the misinformation and misleading account from the Senate President.
“The Inspector General of Police did not try any trick to implicate the Senate President in some criminal charges; the facts are in the public domain about the suspects of the Offa Bank Robbery now being prosecuted who implicated the Senate President in the matter.
“The Nigeria Police Force is hereby assuring all Nigerians that the Nigeria Police Force has no any undisguised hostility to the Senate President or his supporters in Kwara State or to jeopardise or undermine his personal security and that of his immediate and larger family.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senate president Bukola Saraki on Friday, January 11, raised concern over his safety and those of his political supporters in his state, Kwara.
Saraki, director general of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, at a news conference in Abuja, accused the security agencies of giving cover to people who were unleashing violence on the supporters of the PDP across the state.
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