Nigeria police 'block' Senate president's house

The leadership of the Nigerian Senate have been prevented from leaving their homes on Tuesday morning.

Images shows operatives of the Nigeria Police and  the Department of State Service waited outside the residences of the Senate President Bukola Saraki and that of his deputy Ike Ekweremadu.

Media adviser to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, sent out a video showing the
officers which are reported to have now left the area at about 7:30am local time.

However, those at the residence of Ekweremadu are yet to leave.

Senator Bukola Saraki was giving an invitation by the Nigeria Police in connection with the Offa robbery, which took place in Kwara state in April.

In a statement issued on Monday night, Saraki said his invitaion by the police was a ploy meant to prevent him and his associates from leaving the All Progressives Congress.

Saraki said, "I have been reliably informed that the police invitation was planned by IG as a ploy to stop an alleged plan by some senators and House of Representatives members from defecting from the All Progressives Congress. It was also said that if I was detained between Tuesday and Wednesday, that will abort the so-called defection plan."

"While I continue to maintain that the issue of my position on the 2019 elections is not a personal decision for me alone to make, it should be noted that all these concoctions and evil plot cannot deter me. Those behind this fresh assault will fail as I have nothing to do with the robbery incident or any criminal matter for that matter."

"I am aware that following a request made by the police on June 13, 2018, the Director of Public Prosecution 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."

"The police have obviously corrupted and politicised their investigations into the Offa robbery incident. They have turned it into an instrument for the party in power to suppress perceived opponents, witch-hunt issue for blackmailing people from freely choosing which platform on which they want to pursue their ambition, and a matter for harassing the people whose exit from APC would harm the chances of the party in the forthcoming elections."

Saraki added that the police "in their haste to embarrass me sent the invitation to me at 8pm and requested that I report to the station by 8am tomorrow morning."

"This obviously demonstrated their desperation as I do not see why they are now in a hurry."





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