Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Invite Over Offa Robbery: Saraki Queries Motives Behind it As HUDRIC Allege Vote-Buying Happened in Police Presence

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The invites of the Senate President Bukola Saraki over Offa robbery by the inspector general of police has been described to be having a motive in its action.
Says asking him to report to a station in Guzape over their investigation of the robbery in Offa is a mere afterthought which is designed to achieve a political purpose
Recall the inspector general of police invitation to Senate president Bukola Saraki dated on July 23, addressed to Saraki request him to report to the police on Tuesday (Today) to provide further clarification on his relationship with the five leaders of the robbery gang. Following the incidents that took place in Offa metropolis that claimed many lives where police had usefully arrested 27 suspects including five leaders of the gang, recovering some AK47 raffles and where the investigation into the matter as was said by the police shows had a direct connection with the Senate president.

But in a statement by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, yusuph Olaniyanu, said he had it on good authority that police had already decided on the suspects to be arraigned in court in Ilorin, Kwara state on Wednesday based on the advice of the Director of public prosecution, U.E Mohammed.
He said the turn around by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to invite him was a ploy aimed at scoring cheap political points. He added that the alleged plot to keep him and his associates in the All Progressives Congress with the case had failed. 

His word; “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.
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.”

 “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
The Senate President restated that he had no hand in either the robbery incident or any criminal activity.

He said the police “in their haste to embarrass me sent the invitation to me at 8pm and requested that I report to the station by 8am tomorrow morning.”

Meanwhile one of the election observers Human right Advancement, Developments and advocacy Centre HURIDAC on Monday in a report presented by one of its Director,Shina Loremikan said the observers sent by the organisation to Ekiti to monitor the election witnessed purchase of voters at polling booths, alleging that the act took place in the presence of policemen

This was just as three groups of domestic election observers – New Initiative for Social Development; International Federation of Women Lawyers, and the Centre for Social Justice, Good Health and Community Development – called for an amendment to the Electoral Act to criminalize vote-buying.
HURIDAC Legal Director, Kazeem Aminu, said it was an anomaly for policemen to see buying and selling of votes at polling booths and look the other way.
“There were concerns on the role of the police with regards to the commercialization of votes, as, in many instances, vote-buying and selling took place in the presence of the police.
“When an act that could be interpreted as a crime is taking place in the presence of law enforcement officers, it is in line with the law that the police must arrest the situation, though we understand the complication and complexities, the police can’t look the other way when votes are being bought,” Aminu said.
HURIDAC said it might sue the police if its ongoing investigation established the violation of rights of citizens, including Governor Ayodele Fayose, who claimed to have been molested by the police a day before the election.
It said, “Though the police, in many media interviews, has said that the governor’s human right was not violated by the police, we witnessed the tear gas around the government house; we are still investigating whether this constitutes excessive use of force in dispersing the crowd.
“It is important to note that if the governor’s version of the story is true, the police must prosecute those police officers that slapped and violated the rights of the governor.
“However, if the police believe that this is not the true version, the police have the responsibility to bring to justice those who intentionally misled the public and incited them against the government. The governor and its cohorts should be brought to book once their immunity ceases.”

“HURIDAC is open to taking the police to court for encouraging impunity, whichever aspect of the incident is true, the culprit must be brought to book and the victims must receive justice,” Aminu said.
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