Fred Itua, Abuja
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has officially responded to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), over an alleged link to some suspects arrested in the April Offa bank robbery.
Some of the armed robbers claimed they were Saraki’s political thugs.
Daily Sun exclusively gathered that Saraki “submitted his response to the police around 3:00pm, yesterday.”
In a one-paragraph message posted on his official Facebook page and Twitter handle, Saraki said his response was to aid the police in its ongoing investigations into the robbery attack.
He wrote: “In line with their request, earlier today (yesterday), the police received my response to the letter on the investigation into the Offa robbery case.”
Saraki’s media aide, Yusuf Olaniyonu, however, declined entreaties to reveal the content of the letter when Daily Sun contacted him.
“When the police wrote to the Senate President, they didn’t reveal the content of their letter. I can’t tell you what the Senate President has written. You can find out from police people,” Olaniyonu fired back.
Regardless, sources in Saraki’s office told Daily Sun that the Senate president denied any involvement with the arrested suspects. He also reportedly came hard on the NPF leadership for attempting to drag his name in the mud.
It was further gathered that the Senate president promised to make himself available whenever he is summoned, to provide additional information.
On Monday, the police asked Saraki to respond, in writing, to the allegations from the armed robbers, within 48 hours.
Swiftly, Saraki responded on his official social media pages that he would comply with the within 48 hours deadline.
He had earlier instructed his aide to get an invitation letter from the police after he was declared wanted after the armed robbers claimed they were his political thugs.
Following the invitation last Sunday, Saraki claimed that the allegations raised against him were concocted. He called on the public to disregard the allegations.
The Senate president described his perceived intimidation as a threat to democracy. (The Sun)