The Nigeria Police on Monday gave Senate President Bukola Saraki 48 hours to respond to allegations against him by suspects arrested in connection with Armed Robbery attack on a banking district in Offa, Kwara State.
Police had on Sunday invited Saraki for questioning following alleged confession by the suspects that they were working as political thugs for Saraki and Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
But after political consultations, the police cancelled Saraki’s invitation in a letter sent to him yesterday afternoon, and rather asked him to explain his role.
Saraki, on Twitter, confirmed that he directed his Aide-De-Camp (ADC), SP Usman Dunguza to get the letter of invitation from the police, and shortly afterwards the letter cancelling the invitation was sent.
“In the letter, they asked the Senate President to respond in writing within 48 hours the allegations levelled against him. He is not to appear again,” he said.
Saraki also confirmed the cancellation of his invitation on Twitter: “Following my earlier tweet, I have received the letter from Police. They are no longer asking me to appear at any station, but to respond in writing to the allegations within 48 hours – which I plan to do.”
The cancellation may not be unconnected with a meeting Monday between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Also in attendance at the meeting were the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Director-General of the Department of State Security, Lawal Daura.