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The Police on Wednesday night described the failure of the President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to honour its invitation on the Offa, Kwara State robbery incident of April 5 as disrespectful.

The Force Public Relations Office, Deputy Commissioner of Police Jimoh Moshood, stated the position of the police on Wednesday on a television programme.

The police had invited Saraki via a letter by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

Idris directed Saraki to report to the IGP Intelligence Response Team.

But Saraki did not honour the invitation but sent another written response.

Reacting to the development, Moshood said: “On the 23rd of July, an invitation was sent to him.

“We were expecting him by 8 am on Tuesday for further investigation into the Offa bank robbery where 33 people were killed.

“The position of the law is that anybody that was alleged to have committed an offence must make himself present.

“He has sent a written statement to the investigation team and it was not satisfactory.

“There are lots of grey areas that need to be cleared, and that is why he was invited.

“The investigators have been directed to take all actions within the ambit of the law to ensure that there is compliance with the law because the bottom line is that we have a case that can stand the test of a trial against the Senate President and we don’t want people to politicize criminality.

“He was indicted based on the confession of five principal suspects in Offa robbery.”

On how the Police perceived Saraki’s refusal to honour its invitation, Moshood said: “We are treating it as a disrespect to the law and we are going to take appropriate action to ensure that he complies with the rule of law because nobody is above the law.”

Speaking on the alleged blockade of the residence of Saraki on Tuesday morning when he was expected to have gone to attend the summon, Moshood said: “If we were expecting him, why would we go and block him?

“We had no hand in the blockade and two press statements were sent from my office on Tuesday on the directive of the IGP for the public to know what actually transpired.

“We have over 170 Police Mobile Force personnel attached to the National Assembly and about 40 are attached directly to the Senate President.

“Outside that, we have the Special Protection Unit that is equally attached to him.

“We have the ADC, the CSO.

“We have a lot of other police personnel, including those who are riders and drivers.

“So what happened yesterday (Tuesday) was not a blockade by our personnel.

“We didn’t block the residence.

“Those seen in the picture and video were personnel that were attached to him because we don’t even use Mercedes Benz for patrol.

“We don’t have any Mercedes Benz in our fleet for patrol and in that picture, there was a Mercedes-Benz vehicle.

“Those are the personnel attached to the convoy of the Senate President and those attached to his residence for his protection.

“We have the obligation to also protect his family.

“The wife has policemen attached to her.

“Also his guest house and other houses are equally protected.

“So those seen were those attached to the Senate President, but the IG, concerned with public interest and the need to let Nigerians know what transpired has directed an investigation into the matter.

“The ADC was invited because he is supposed to know the whereabouts of his principal, but if the ADC is in isolation, we would want to know who called for whatsoever additional police personnel seen there because there was no authorised deployment from FHQ or any other formation to block his residence.

“You don’t go and block an empty house.

“What do we stand to gain by doing that?

“We have other means for which if we want the Senate president to comply with the dictates of the law, he would and he was invited and we were waiting for him.

“Whoever is the officer that used that discretion to order a blockade is attached to the Senate president and that is what we want everybody to know.

“It was circulated for the media to embarrass us.

Apart from the pictures and videos, radio stations were also running commentary that they didn’t know the whereabouts of the Senate president as at then.

“They were also saying the house of the Deputy Senate President was blocked.

“They are the heads of the legislative arm of government and we have an obligation to protect them.

“A thorough investigation has been ordered to know who gave that directive but we strongly believe that they are among the convoy of the Senate president.

“If the whereabouts of the Senate President is not known, then the ADC has a right to exercise a discretion and if the discretion was exercised wrongly, then the Force has the responsibility to discipline him and that is why he has made the statement and he is being investigated.

“It is important for Nigerians to know that we don’t have hand in it.

“If we blocked him, he wouldn’t have appeared in the Senate but he presided over activities in the Senate.”

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Zenith Bank Flags Off Z-Woman Business Package, Offers N10m Loan At Single-Digit Interest Rate [DETAILS]

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Zenith Bank Plc has introduced a new package for women called the Z-Woman Business Package.

The Z-Woman Business Package is designed to address the unique needs of women-owned businesses.

The package includes:

Loans of up t0 N10m at a single-digit interest rate

Free digital skills training

Free exhibition stands at Zenith Bank events.

To register, please visit www.zenithbank.com/zwoman

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18 High-Profile Looters Who Ran Abroad To Be Repatriated Soon —- EFCC Boss

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to repatriate 18 high-profile looters hiding in some countries outside Nigeria.

Acting EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, disclosed this yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara State, during a chat with newsmen. Magu was in Ilorin to assess facilities at the Ilorin zonal office of the commission.

The EFCC chairman assured Nigerians that his agency would pursue the anti-graft war with renewed vigour this year.

He added that no ongoing corruption case across the country would be abandoned midway, and suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations in such cases were completed.

He also stated that the Ilorin zonal office of the EFCC was not established to witch hunt the immediate past Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

He said: “We will repatriate all looters hiding anywhere in the world. I think there are about 18 of them; I mean high-profile looters.

“We did not also establish the Ilorin zonal office to witch hunt anyone. Kwara is an integral part of Nigeria and deserves an EFCC office. We need the cooperation of the media in making Nigeria corruption-free. EFCC cannot do it alone.”

Answering another question, Magu said: “I feel good as acting EFCC chairman because we are performing and the media can attest to this.”

Magu further disclosed that he was going around the zonal offices to make sure that everything was under control, for the effective performance of the commission.

He affirmed that the campaign against corruption has just started, noting that part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda for his London visit was to seek the support of international bodies in the extradition of Nigerian looters hiding in foreign countries, disclosing that more looters would be repatriated for prosecution.
He disclosed the plan of the EFCC to organize a massive protest against corruption across the country on February 14, in collaboration with members of the National Youth Service Corps.

He sought the cooperation of the media to enable the agency to succeed in its efforts at making Nigeria corruption-free.

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How We Killed Fireman Generator Boss; Collected N900m Original Land Document From Him, Dumped Butchered Body In Lagos Swamp — Medical Doctor [GRAPHIC PHOTOS]

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A 42-year-old Medical Doctor, Daniel Ibeaji, has told police how he lured Anambra State billionaire and owner of Fireman Generators Chief Ignatius Odunukwe to his hotel room with the pretense that he wanted to buy a property from him.

Three other suspects identified as Arinze Igwe (26), hotel worker; Solomon Cletus (30); and Israel Obigaremu, an Uber driver (35), were arrested by the detectives attached to Zonal Intervention Squad of the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos State after painstaking investigation.

According to Ibeaji, he went to Abuja for a function and saw the property at Katampe Estate and then approached the security guard that he is interested in buying it.

The guard introduced him to Chief Odunukwe via phone and they both exchanged phone numbers.

He said after he left Abuja and came to Lagos, he contacted Chief Odunukwe that he was the one interested in buying the building and they both fixed a price of N900 million for the property.

The Doctor said: “We met in Lagos before the incident to discussed some modalities. We then fixed another date for December 1, 2019, and before then I had my plan of what to do because he promised to come along with the original documents of the building. On that fateful day, my boys were already within the hotel premises and told them to be on alert.

“I was at a beach resort when he came to meet me. It was on Sunday. There was a lot of party going on in the hotel. Immediately he arrived, I walked him straight into my room where he sat on the sofa and we started discussing the business. After I drew I bag containing some money to show him that I am committed to buying the property. As he was bowing down to check the content inside the bag, I went behind him and hit him with an axe twice on the head and he fell down.

“Immediately, Chief Odunukwe fell down, he was still struggling on the ground, I called Cletus and we dragged him into the toilet, where we injected him with a poisonous substance. Then he was confirmed dead.

“I and Cletus forced his body into a carton, but the carton tore in the process. I then sent Cletus to get a Ghana Must Go bag, which we later used and then sellotaped the bag, after which we were planning on how to dump his body in the bush or expressway.”

Ibeaji said Cletus then went into the hotel with the hope to survey the area, adding: “Fortunately, one of the hotel workers, one Arinze, promised to help and we also promised to loan him N2 million if we are able to move it out of the hotel.”

Cletus on his own said when he saw Arinze, he lied to him that they have something they wanted to dispose and he doesn’t know where to dump it, adding: “When Ibeaji then came in and promised to loan Arinze N2 million, it was then he agreed to show us where to dump it.

“We were able to move the deceased’s remains out of the hotel through the laundry section because there was a serious noise at the hotel as a result of the party on a fateful day. When we got to Ogombo, we chopped the body into pieces and then threw the remains of the Chief into the swamp and went back to the hotel.

“I met Ibeaji in prison at Abuja. It was there Ibeaji told me he has a business he wanted me to help him execute in Lagos last year. When I came out of prison in September, we contacted each other by phone and we meet in Lagos. It was then he told me about the deal and promise to loan me N2 million to start a business of my own. I fell for the money because I don’t have hope to start my life afresh.”

 

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