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    Thursday, 22 November 2018

    Offa robberies: Gang leaders’ evidence enough to prosecute Saraki –Police

    The police have said the death in custody of a leader of the Offa bank robbery gang, Michael Adikwu , will not affect the outcome of the case .
    The force stated that the evidence of the other gang leaders were enough to prosecute Senate President Bukola Saraki.

    The police had arraigned the gang leaders – Ayoade Akinnibosun , Ibukunle Ogunleye , Adeola Abraham , Salawudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran – at a Kwara State High Court for involvement in the April, 2018 bank robberies during which over 31 persons , including nine policemen, were killed .

    The police spokesman , Moshood Jimoh , in a statement in Abuja on Thursday , explained that Adikwu , 30 , was not murdered ,

    “but slumped and died in detention . ”
    Jimoh said , “It is important for the public to know that Adikwu was not among the five gang leaders that indicted and implicated the Senate President ; therefore , his death cannot vindicate Senator Bukola Saraki. There is a post - mortem examination result in respect of the death of Adikwu .

    “ Evidence from the five suspects now in court is enough to prosecute the Senate President , Senator Bukola Saraki, ” he added .

    The police insisted that investigation had revealed that the men who carried out the robberies in Offa in April, 2018 , were Saraki’ s political thugs , adding that the accused admitted that they attended the Senate President daughter’ s wedding in Abuja .

    The force spokesman dismissed a statement by the Special Adviser ( Media and Publicity ) to the Senate President , Mr Yusuf Olaniyonu , that the case against Saraki was politically motivated.

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