From Fatima Bukar, Abuja
In another twist to the lingering Executive/legislative imbroglio, Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, has exculpated the duo of seante president Bukola Saraki and governor of Kwara state Abdulfatah Ahmed noting that so far, no evidence linked the two leaders to the dreaded Offa bank robbery that left dozens dead.
Mr Malami advised the Nigeria police to be more diligent and circumspect in such sensitive matters before going to town with their investigations so as not to complicate issues.
Also cleared of any wrong doing in the dreaded armed robbey is Mr Yusuf Abdulwahab, governor Ahmed’s chief of staff who was amongst state officials arrested for allegedly conspiring with the prime suspects.
“no evidence is credible enough to sustain any charge based on any offence known to law against him,” the prosecutor said.
The attorney-general’s office said only six prime suspects should be charged to court for armed robbery and murder which could draw capital punishment upon conviction.
Olalekan Alabi, a personal assistant to Mr Ahmed, was also recommended for trial, but only on lesser charges of illegal possession of arms.
Mr Saraki hinted at the existence of the letter on Monday night as part of a fierce response to Mr Idris’ latest summon to him. The Senate President said the invitation, which he was asked to honour by 8:00 a.m., was unnecessary because the Director of Public Prosecutions had already informed the police that there were no sufficient bases to keep dragging him into the armed robbery investigation.
“I am aware that following a request made by the Police on June 13, 2018 to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of the Federation had written a legal advice dated June 22, 2018, in which he stated on page 5, paragraph (f) that For the Senate President and the Kwara State Governor, this office is unable to establish from the evidence in the interim report a nexus between the alleged office and the suspects,” Mr Saraki said in the Monday night statement.
At least five banks were raided and substantial amount of cash carted away when armed robbers stormed the polytechnic town on April 5. The police initially said 17 people were killed in the attack, including nine police officers, but continued to revise the figure upwards, apparently as some of those receiving treatments for critical wounds were passing on.
From Fatima Bukar, Abuja