Offa Bank Robbery: IGP Idris to Enforce Summons on Saraki

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has been ordered by Grade I Area Court in Aco Estate, Lugbe, Abuja to serve a summons on the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to compel him to face a criminal complaint in respect of the bloody bank robbery in which many died in Offa, Kwara State, earlier this year.

Following the criminal complaint initiated by an Abuja-based lawyer and rights activist, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, the IGP had given assurance that the necessary court papers would be served on the Senate President.

The criminal complaint marked, CR/196/2018, sought Saraki to be summoned for allegedly ignoring police invitation to answer to an allegation involving the investigation of the suspects of the Offa robbery.

The complaint stated that Saraki’s alleged refusal to honour the invitation amounted to obstructing a criminal investigation and disobeying a public officer carrying out a lawful responsibility.

This alleged conduct, it said, was an offence punishable under Section 136 and 149 of the Penal Code Law.

According to the lawyer, the Inspector-General of Police is required, under the law, to either produce the defendant in court or attend court to explain why the defendant was absent.

He then applied to the court to grant a short adjournment to enable the police to serve the processes on Saraki.

The judge, Ogbede, granted the request for the senate president to appear and adjourned the case till October 3.

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