Offa Robbery: We Were Promised “a Huge Sum of Money” If we Implicate Saraki
The suspects arrested over the dastardly robbery attacks on commercial banks in Offa, Kwara state, have told an Ilorin High Court how the head of the police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), DCP Abba Kyari asked him to implicate the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
Akinnibosun, who is the first accused person, alongside two other suspects – Ibikunle Ogunleye (2nd accused person) and Adeola Abraham (3rd accused person) are among the five suspects standing trial before Justice Halimat Salman in connection with the Offa robberies, during which six banks were robbed and millions of naira stolen. The two other accused persons are Salaudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran.
At the resumed hearing today, Akinnibosun said: “Abba Kyari told me to mention the name of Senate President Bukola Saraki that he gave me the guns for the operations. But I declined to do that contending that my life is at stake.
“He (Abba Kyari) promised that they would reward me handsomely and set me free if I can indict Senator Saraki. When I disagreed they called some policemen to take me back to their cell. During this time, my hands were tied to my legs in the back.”
Akinnibosun stated that he was the leader of Kwara South Liberation Movement mobilising young jobless graduates for Dr. Rafiu Ibrahim, the Senator representing Kwara South district in the upper legislative chamber. The essence, according to him, was to secure government jobs for the boys.
The suspects also gave graphic details of their horrifying experience allegedly in the police custody in Abuja.
The suspects also alleged that during one of their encounters at the police IRT ‘theatre room,’ one Inspector Vincent shot dead five Fulani men.
The trial Judge, Justice Halimat Salman adjourned the case to March 25, 2019 for continuation of trial within trial.