PRESIDENT of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has 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.
In a statement, Saraki’s spokesman said the allegations were untrue, describing them as “ridiculous, unbelievable and a mere fabrication.”
The Nigeria Police Force issued an emailed statement in which it gave details of an investigation into six armed robberies at banks in Offa, Kwara State, in April 2018.
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.
The statement added that the former Kwara State Governor had been invited to report to the Force Intelligence Response Team office in the capital, Abuja, to answer to the allegations.
Saraki’s three-year tenure as Senate president has been marred by numerous accusations of misconduct and investigations, though none have led to convictions.