If Any Harm Befall me And My Family, IGP Idris Should be Held Responsible – Bukola Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki says the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, should be held responsible if anything unfortunate happens to him and his family.
Saraki said this on Friday while speaking with journalists at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign headquarters in Abuja.
Describing it as a ‘sad development’ Mr Saraki said the police are giving cover to “people who are unleashing violence on our people”.
“The usual practice has been that the commissioner of police personally ensures the security of the senate president whenever he visits his home state. That was the practice during the period of my predecessor and in my first year in office,” Saraki said.
“We need to make it clear to the entire world that now that ward to ward campaigns is about to begin in the state and I am set to participate in that grassroots campaign as I have always done, nobody is sure what instructions Mr. Idris has given to the police command in the state. Thus, the entire world should hold the IGP responsible if anything untoward happens to members of my family and myself.
“Do not forget that before now, this same IGP has tried several tricks to implicate me in some criminal charges. First, he arrested some cultists and was about to compel them to claim they worked for me. We exposed the trick early enough and the media also pointed out holes in his story. He quickly withdrew that.
“Later, he went on to the Offa robbery case and politicised the investigation in order to rope me. In the process of forcing suspects to implicate me, the principal suspect died in their custody. He has also not succeeded with that plot. Who knows what else he may have planned? Now, that full campaign is on, which requires my going round, I want the world to hold him personally responsible if anything happens to me.”
He added that the police boss does not know his duty has the inspector general of police.
The lawmaker raised an alarm of a purported attack on his family quarters in Ilorin by suspected thugs who he said vandalised property and inflicted machete wounds on three people.
“The decision to attack people and properties in my family ancestral compound is a direct affront and attack on my person,” Saraki said.
He added, “Our people have filed reports of the incidents in relevant police stations in Ilorin but we have doubts that anything tangible and constructive will come out of these reports.”