Offa robbery: IGP Idris to enforce Saraki’s appearance in court

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Nigeria, Ibrahim Idris has ordered that the court summons against the Senate President of the country, Bukola Saraki, in relation to his involvement in the April 5, 2018 Offa bank robbery, be served on him.

The IGP ordered a unit within the Legal department of the Nigeria Police Force, Abuja to ensure the court processes are delivered
promptly before the next date, October 3 2018.

Dr Bukola Saraki, was summoned on Monday by Grade I Area Court in Aco Estate, Lugbe, Abuja to pressure him to face a criminal complaint in respect of the bloody bank robbery in which many died in Offa, Kwara State, earlier this year.

The criminal complaint started by an Abuja-based lawyer and rights activist, Oluwatosin Ojaomo, whose lawyer told the court on Monday that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had offered assurance that the necessary court papers would be served on the Senate President.

Ruling in the complaint marked: CR/196/2018, filed under Section 89(5) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015, Justice Abdullahi Garuba Ogbede had on September 10, ordered the issuance of summons on the IGP following Saraki’s absence in court.

The judge had summoned the IGP to attend court on September 17 to show cause why Saraki was absent in court and what efforts he had made to ensure his appearance.

He said, “The defendant is not in court. At the last date, the court issued a witness summons on the IGP to come and show cause why the police failed to effect service of the criminal summons, warrant of arrest and other processes on the defendant.”

“The witness summons was served on the Nigeria Police Force by the court’s registry.

However, we received a call from DSP Mahmoud of the Legal Department of the Nigeria Police Force headquarters, that the matter has been assigned by the IGP to a particular unit of the NPF to effect the service of the summons on the defendant and arrest him.”

Marcus urged the court to grant a short adjournment to enable the police effect service of the processes on the defendant.

Justice Ogbede consequently adjourned the case till October 3.


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