Saraki raises alarm as IGP orders transfer of suspected cultists to Abuja

Ceria Alfonso
May 17, 2018

Senate President, Bukola Saraki had on Wednesday raised an alarm over the transfer of suspected cultists from the Kwara State Police Command to Force headquarters Abuja, saying the Police were hatching a plan that involves coercing the cultists to implicate him.

The President of the Senate also alleged that the suspects were arrested in Kwara for cultism and were being brought to Abuja to be forced into altering their statements to implicate him.

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.

"Therefore, transferring this hired assassin gang masquerading as cultists in kwara to Force Headquarters, Abuja, for further investigation is in accordance with Police investigation procedures", he said.

"I want to bring this unsafe development to the attention of all of you my colleagues, the entire country and the global community so that you can be aware of the level of impunity in our country and the danger it constitute to our democracy", the President of the Senate said.

"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". I felt that as we speak now, these suspects are already here in Abuja.

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In my own view, this plot is 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.

"I know the gravity of the issue that is why I am bringing it to your attention and to continue to let our colleagues and the world know presently the danger we are going with and the levels of the rascality that is going on with some of these actions".

The Nigeria Police Force hereby implores members of the general public to disregard and discountenance the claim of plot by the IGP against the Senate President as a ruse, unfortunate and an attempt to divert Police investigation into the killings of more than Eleven (11) innocent people from kwara State and other States of the Federation in the recent past by the killer squad who operate under the guise of a cult group.

The Senate resolved to set up an eight-man committee to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to intimate him on the matter.

Speaking on the order raised by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Senate Leader, described the meeting with the President as "the best", as it gives the lawmakers an opportunity to lay their complain directly to the Commander in Chief.

Others are senators Danjuma Goje, Sam Anyanwu, Aliyu Wammako, Fatima Raji Rasaki and Oluremi Tinubu.

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