The Nigeria Police Force has denied the allegations that the Senate President’s residence was besieged by its personnel, saying those seen in pictures in front of his house were personnel in his convoy.
The Force also insisted that the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki must honour its invitation.
Recall that the Police on Monday sent a letter of invitation to Saraki for him to clarify his alleged involvement with some suspects who were arrested in connection to Offa robbery.
According to the letter which was signed by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, the Senate President was expected to report by 8am today to the head of Intelligence Response Team at Guzape.
The Police, however, said Saraki was yet to honour the invitation, adding that it will not hesitate to use all the instruments of the law to ensure compliance with the law if the Senate President fails to appear.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the Force Spokesman, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood.
The statement reads: “The Nigeria Police Force on the 23rd of July, 2018 invited Sen. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, to report to the head of the investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team office at Guzape junction, Asokoro Extension, Abuja today, 24th of July, 2018 at 8am for further investigation on his indictment from confessional statements from some of the five gang leaders arrested for their active participation in the Offa bank robbery and gruesome murder of more than 31 persons and snatching of 21 AK47 rifles on the 5th of April, 2018.
“But the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria refused to honour Police invitation as at the time of this press release.
“The Force therefore, insists that the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria is being expected to report to the head of investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team office at Guzape junction, Asokoro Extension, Abuja and should honour the invitation, otherwise the Force will not hesitate to use all the instruments of the Law to ensure compliance with the law.”
On the allegation that his house was besieged, the Police said: “The Nigeria Police Force’s attention was also drawn to the innuendos in the early hours of today that some Police men were seen surrounding the residence of the Senate President; the Force wishes to categorically state that there was no authorised deployment of Police personnel to besiege the residence of the Senate President or his deputy as reported in the media.
“The police personnel seen in pictures in the media were those in the convoy of the Senate President and others attached to him.”
Moshood also stated that the IG has directed a thorough investigation to ascertain the facts in the episode adding that the Force will not allow the end of justice to be perverted by the distraction.
The Force also assured that it will ensure that the rule of law prevails in the matter.