IGP Idris plotting to implicate me - Bukola Saraki alleges

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

The Nigerian Police High Command has promptly debunked the alarm raised by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, that the police were about to implicate him using "coerced' cultists".

Saraki who raised the alarm during today's plenary said the IGP has ordered for the transfer of some cultists arrested in Kwara to Abuja.

"The information that he has is for them to try to see how they will alter the statement that they already made in Ilorin and try to implicate the State Government and particularly myself".

The DPP who wondered why four out of the seventeen accused persons were transferred to Abuja observed that there were some notorious cases of cultism that have been successfully prosecuted in the state. 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".

He, however, prayed that Saraki steps down from presiding over the session and allow the Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu, to take over and name members of the panel.

He described the so-called plot as "an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning our country into a police state where top officials can not be made to obey the law, follow due process and subject themselves to constituted authorities".

While some asked that the panel be made up of members of the Senate and House of Representatives, others asked that the leadership of the Senate should rather meet with Buhari to report the matter to him.

My Distinguished colleagues, there is an issue which I need to bring to your attention very urgently. I have brought it to your attention and we must continue to play our own role in doing what we believe in the course of our duty.

But in a swift statement, the police expressed shock at what they described as "unbelievable claims, unverifiable allegations and unfounded accusations", by the Senate President.

The delegation would consist of the Senate President, the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan; the Chief Whip, Senator Olusola Adeyeye; and the Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

The statement reads: "The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to Press Statement credited to the Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki of "Plot against him by IGP".