Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday raised the alarm over an alleged plan by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to implicate him with the arrest of six suspected cultists paraded in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Speaking while presiding over plenary on Wednesday, Saraki said the Kwara state Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed had called him him Tuesday night to give him the information.
The senate president said from what he learnt, the IGP ordered that some suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin should be taken to Abuja where their statements will be altered to implicate him and the state government.
He noted: “Last night, my state governor, revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who have been arrested in our state for cultism, whose investigation has been completed and were about to be under prosecution under the state law on the advise of the ministry of justice, all of a sudden were ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.
“The information reaching him from the commissioner of police that they have been directed by IGP to bring them to Abuja. With the information that he has, they would find how to alter their statement already made in Ilorin and try and implicate the state government and particularly myself. I feel that as we speak now, these suspects are already here in Abuja.
“These acts I don’t know whether to call it desperation or intimidation, all actions to undermine our democracy, a recipe for anarchy because we are doing our work by asking officials to obey the law, due process and subject themselves to constituted authority.
“I think it is important to call your attention to this dangerous development. The impunity happening in this country is a danger to our democracy.”
The Kwara State Police Command had last week paraded the son of a former Police image maker in Kwara State among six suspected.
The state Police Commissioner, Aminu Pai Saleh, while parading the suspects, said the son of the former Public Relations Officer of the Kwara State Police Command, Lanre Mohammed Soliu, was arrested for alleged murder and membership of Aiye Confraternity cult group.
The suspect, aka Askari, of 13, Ile Nda Compound, Emir’s Palace Ilorin, was arrested on Tuesday after a manhunt for him over alleged killing of Yemi Bayero of Ago market, Ilorin.
The allegation by Saraki is coming amid another alarm raised by the Kwara State Government that the police had moved the suspected cultists to Abuja.
The concern of the state government is that there was no point moving the suspects to Abuja when they can be tried with state laws.