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Nigeria Police Invite Senate President For Questioning Over Armed Robberies |RN

By Camillus Eboh
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ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian police on Sunday said the president of the upper house of parliament had been invited for questioning over allegations that he financed a criminal gang that carried out a spate of armed robberies and killed 33 people including pregnant women.

Bukola Saraki’s three-year tenure as Senate president has been marred by numerous accusations of misconduct and investigations, though he has consistently stated that he is innocent and none have led to convictions.

The Nigeria Police Force issued an emailed statement in which it gave details of an investigation into six armed robberies at banks in Offa, a city in the central state of Kwara, in April 2018. An attack on the city’s police headquarters during the wave of attacks was part of the probe.

It said 22 suspects were in police custody and confessions had been secured by some in which they claimed to have been “sponsored with firearms, money and operational vehicles by the Senate president”.

“Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki is being invited to report to the police to answer allegations indicting him from confessions of five gang leaders arrested for active participation in Offa bank robbery and killings of thirty-three innocent persons,” the Nigeria Police Force statement said.

It said Saraki – Nigeria’s third most senior politician – had been invited to report to the Force Intelligence Response Team office in the capital, Abuja, to answer to the allegations.

A spokesman for Saraki declined to comment but said a statement would be issued in due course.

Saraki ran unopposed for the post of Senate president in 2015, mainly with the backing of the opposition. He was not the ruling party’s preferred candidate, which led to strains in his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari.

A faction of the president’s All Progressives Congress party with close ties to Saraki last month issued a public letter stating that many of its members felt ostracized just months before a presidential election in February 2019 which Buhari says he plans to contest.

The allegations are the latest to be levelled against Saraki since he took office.

Nigeria’s court of appeal, in December 2017, dismissed 15 charges against him relating to allegations that he falsely declared his assets when he was Kwara state governor from 2003 to 2011, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Last year lawmakers cleared Saraki of any wrongdoing over allegations that he attempted to evade payment of customs duties on a car and in October 2016 he was cleared of altering Senate rules to get himself elected.  (Peoples loves Toronto)

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Senate: House Of Reps To Declare IGP Unfit For Public Office |The Republican News

By Philip Nyam

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As a show of solidarity, the House of Representatives may this week concur with the position of the Senate by passing a resolution declaring the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, unfit to hold public office.

The Senate, last week, declared the IGP incompetent and unfit to hold any office and should be sacked from his position. A few days ago, the Senate reeled out a list of killings in the country since January 2018, to buttress its insistence that the IGP has failed in his responsibilities.

New Telegraph reliably gathered that the second chamber, the House of Representatives, will on resumption tomorrow, sponsor a motion to concur with the Senate position and call on President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve Idris of his duties.

The motion, which is to be moved on Tuesday, will be presented by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker from Rivers State, who is said to be a close ally of Governor Nyesom Wike.

A member of the group of lawmakers behind the historic motion told our correspondent in confidence that the House leadership and all members of the House were worried that the IGP has become untouchable and his antics pose a threat to democracy. “I can assure you, we are very uncomfortable with what is happening between the Senate and the IGP. It has never happened in the life of this parliament that an appointee of government would so treat the Senate with contempt. “We have to support the Senate because if the upper legislative is destroyed, it means the House will also be destroyed.

We will come up with a motion and concur with the resolution of the Senate. “If the IGP can so treat the highest law making body in this country with contempt, it means we have to rise up and tell Nigerian that as their true representatives we must defend democracy and their rights at all times,” the lawmaker revealed.

Although the Senate has insisted that the IGP must appear before it to answer questions relating to the arrest and subsequent arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye and the worsening insecurity in the country, the IGP has maintained that it is blackmail against the Force.  (New Telegraph)

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: The Wedding Of The IGP, Ibrahim Idris And DSP Asta|RN

Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha and other dignitaries at the wedding of Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, with his wife, Asta, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Kaduna,

 

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Asta, the wife of IGP

 

 

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The newly wedded couple at the reception

 

(Source: The Sun)

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