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How Saraki escaped police siege

It was another of drama in the National Assembly as the Senate President Bukola Saraki beat the Police to it again when he left his home hours before armed security operatives swooped on his resident.

The Senate President himself  on Tuesday, explained how he escaped alleged ploys by security operatives to stop him from presiding over plenary on Tuesday morning.

He said that,  “It was just by the intervention of the Almighty God that I was able to get myself here.”

The move is said to be a ploy to prevent them from making it to the National Assembly today because of a plan by many lawmakers to decamp from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Saraki, however, made his way to the Senate chamber at about 10:40 am. and presided over the plenary.

His deputy, Ekweremadu did not make it to plenary and the siege on his home was still on as at midday.

It was gathered that the while the police in the early hours of Tuesday had barricaded the street leading to the residents of Senate President in Maitama, preventing his motorcade from leaving the vicinity they did not know that  the senate president was not in the car.
A source close to Saraki said that unknown to the Police, the Senate President had left is home as early as 5am.
While the Police was still holding down his motorcade, Saraki appeared in the red chambers.
The police had blocked the convoy of the senate president from leaving the street where his residence is located at Maitama District, Abuja.
After the incident, the whereabouts of Saraki appeared to be unknown.
“All lines of the senate president are unreachable,” an aide had told media upon inquiry.
Also, speaking on a radio programme monitored in Lagos, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki’s special adviser on media, said he saw his principal in the early hours of Tuesday but could not pinpoint his present location.
But it was gathered that the senate president had left his Maitama residence as early as 5am.
On Monday, Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), summoned Saraki over the robbery incident which took place in Offa, Kwara state, in April.
Idris said there was a need for the senate president to appear at the office of intelligence response team to make a further statement on the incident.
Saraki has said his invitation is politically-motivated.
The Offa robbery led to the death of over 20 people including police officers.

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