Offa back robbery case: Police forced me to implicate Saraki – Suspect

A suspect in last year’s robbery attacks on commercial banks in Offa, Kwara State, Ayoade Akinnibosun, on Friday told an Ilorin High Court that the police asked him to implicate the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Akinnibosun and two other suspects, Ibikunle Ogunleye (2nd accused person) and Adeola Abraham (3rd accused person) narrated before the court how police extracted statement from them by force during the course of investigation of the dastardly robbery incident.

The suspects also disclosed that the principal suspect in the robbery incident who was a dismissed police officer, Michael Adikwu, was shot dead by one Inspector Vincent attached to the police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).

Prosecution witness, Inspector Hitila Hassan, had on Thursday told the court that the suspects voluntarily gave their statements under his supervision.

Lead Prosecuting Counsel, Prof. Wahab Egbewole sought to tender the statements as exhibit but the defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe objected.

Emeribe argued that the statements were not voluntarily taken, noting that they fell short of the provisions of the Evidence Act particularly sections 28 and 29.

At the resumed hearing yesterday, Akinnibosun said “Abba Kyari told me to mention the name of Senate President Bukola Saraki that he gave me the guns for the operations. But I declined to do contending that my life is at stake.

“He (Abba Kyari) promised that they would reward me handsomely and set me free if I can indict Senator Saraki. When I disagreed they called some policemen to take me back to their cell. During this time my hands were tied to my legs,” Akinnibosun said.

The trial Judge, Justice Halimat Salman adjourned the case to March 25, 2019 for continuation.


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