Bukola Saraki is set to lead a 10-man delegation to President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged attempt to implicate him
The Senate president said the Kwara state Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed brought his attention to an alleged plan by the IG of police to force some suspects to implicate him in a criminal matter – Members of the delegation are the leader of the Senate Ahmed Lawan, the chief whip Olusola Adeyeye, minority whip Godswill Akpabio The president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki is set to lead a 10-man delegation to President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged attempt to implicate him in a criminal matter.
This followed an explanation on the matter by Saraki at plenary on Wednesday. Members of the delegation are the leader of the Senate Ahmed Lawan, the chief whip Olusola Adeyeye, minority whip Godswill Akpabio, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos) and Sen. Raji Rasaki (APC-Ekiti). Others are Senator Aliyu Wammakko (APC-Sokoto), Senator Sam Egwu (PDP-Ebonyi), Senator Danjuma Goje (APC-Gombe) and Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa). While addressing his colleagues, Saraki said the Kwara state governor Abdulfatai Ahmed brought his attention to an alleged plan by the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, to force some suspects to implicate him in a criminal matter.
He said the governor informed him that the suspects who were arrested in Kwara for cultism were allegedly ordered by Idris to Abuja to force them into altering their statements.
“According to information available to the governor, the inspector general of police directed the commissioner of police in Kwara state to immediately transfer the men to the force headquarters.
The plan as the governor was made to understand is that under duress, the suspects would be made to alter the statements already made in Ilorin. “They will be made to implicate the Kwara state government and myself in particular in their new statement.
” This plot is part of the strategy by the IGP to settle scores over the declaration by this honourable chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office. “In my view, this plot is an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning our country into a police state. “The tactics is aimed at turning the country into a state where top officials cannot be made to obey the law, follow due process and subject themselves to constituted authorities.
“I want to bring this dangerous development to the attention of all of you, the entire country and the international community so that you can be aware of the level of impunity in our country and the danger it constitutes to our democracy,” he said. Contributing, the deputy leader of the Senate, Bala Na’ Allah said the matter should be treated with the seriousness it deserved. He said for the matter to come from the chief security officer of Kwara state, it should be taken seriously.
He called for the setting up of a committee to investigate the matter, adding that: “In view of the fact that Saraki is involved he should step down for Ekweremadu to preside on setting up of the committee.” Senator Gbenga Ashafa-(APC-Lagos) said the committee should comprise of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives in view of the fact that Saraki is the chairman of the national assembly.
The chief whip, Olusola Adeyeye, said the committee should comprise of seven lawmakers from each of the six geopolitical zones He added that the House of Representatives should be intimated on the development and advised to do same if they so wished.
Senator Sam Anyanwu(PDP-Imo) lamented the fact that lawmakers were being intimidated from carrying out their responsibilities.
He said: “We should not trivialise this matter. If it is happening to Saraki then we are all in trouble. ” Many of us have been earmarked.
It is a calculated attempt to ridicule the person and integrity of the Senate President and the national assembly as an institution.” Senator Kabiru Marafa(APC-Zamfara) suggested that rather than setting up a committee to investigate the matter, the committee should visit President Buhari to inform him of the development.
“There is already a problem between us and the IGP, so I suggest that we raise a committee as suggested by others but instead of investigating they should sit down with President Buhari to discuss the matter.
“This is not a joke as it can turn democracy upsidedown. “If we investigate, where are we to take our resolutions to. They might end up inviting the IG and what if he still doesn’t appear again,” he said. Marafa said visiting the president on the matter and other related matters had become necessary as it was obvious that he was not in the picture of some of the problems lawmakers were facing. Senator Emmanuel Bwacha(PDP-Taraba) decried increased spate of intimidation of lawmakers.
He also suggested that the matter should be taken to the president, stressing that,” he ought to know that our democracy is collapsing.
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