Police, DSS, surround Saraki, Ekweremadu’s homes
- My invitation a ploy to hold back in APC – Saraki
The homes of the Senate President, Dr. Senator Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu were surrounded in the early hours of on Tuesday by the operatives of the Department of State Services and the men of the Nigeria Police.
Those at the Saraki’s residence left around 7.30 am when the Senate President was said to have left his premises while those at the Apo residents of the deputy President remains.
Meanwhile, Saraki alleged that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has deliberately invited him over the armed robbery in Offa, Kwara State to witch-hunt him.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said that the police had decided to arraign the suspects in court in Ilorin Kwara State tomorrow, Wednesday based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution, U.E. Mohammed.
He claimed that the IGP decided to invite him for questioning in an attempt to score a cheap political point. He also stressed that the plan is to keep him and his fans held back at the All Progressives Congress, against his intention to decamp.
“I have been reliably informed that the police invitation was planned by IG as a ploy to stop an alleged plan by some senators and House of Representatives members from defecting from the All Progressives Congress. It was also said that if I was detained between Tuesday and Wednesday, that will abort the so-called defection plan.
“While I continue to maintain that the issue of my position on the 2019 elections is not a personal decision for me alone to make, it should be noted that all these concoctions and evil plot cannot deter me. Those behind this fresh assault will fail as I have nothing to do with the robbery incident or any criminal matter for that matter.
“I am aware that following a request made by the police on June 13, 2018, the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation had written a legal advice dated June 22, 2018, in which he stated on Page 5, Paragraph ‘F’ that, ‘For the Senate President and the Kwara State Governor, this office is unable to establish from the evidence in the interim report a nexus between the alleged office and the suspects.’
“The police have obviously corrupted and politicised their investigations into the Offa robbery incident. They have turned it into an instrument for the party in power to suppress perceived opponents, witch-hunt issue for blackmailing people from freely choosing which platform on which they want to pursue their ambition, and a matter for harassing the people whose exit from APC would harm the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections.”
The Senate President denied involvement in the robbery, stating that the sudden invitation demonstrates desperation.