Following Senate President Bukola Saraki’s allegation that the police were trying to implicate him in a case involving some arrested cultists, the police have confirmed the transfer of suspects linked to killings in Kwara State to Abuja.
But police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said the transfer was not because of Saraki. He however warned that Saraki’s comments constituted interference and could compromise ongoing investigation and demoralise 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, Moshood, an assistant police commissioner, said in a statement.
“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.
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 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.
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 Saraki told senators at the plenary on Wednesday that he had uncovered an alleged plot by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to rope him in the crime of the suspects.
Saraki suggested that the alleged plot might have been informed by the ongoing stand-off between the Senate and IGP Idris. The police chief had rejected three different invitations by the Senate to answer questions about 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,” 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,” Saraki added.
Subsequently, the Senate agreed to send a nine-member delegation to urgently see President Muhammadu Buhari about the development.
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