Friday Akininibosin, a suspect involved in the gruesome Offa Bank Robbery incident that happened in April 2018, has accused the Nigeria Police of forcing him to falsely indict Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The suspect who is currently facing trial with four others for the robbery that happened on April 5, told the Federal High Court in Ilorin, Kwara State, that he had no personal knowledge of Saraki before he was arrested.
According to the suspect (as reported by Tribune Newspaper), a former police officer who was involved in the robbery, Michael Adikwu, was killed by the police because he refused to go with the alleged plot to accuse Saraki.
He further revealed that the police intimidated them by killing five (5) men in their presence and ordering them to lie on the bodies of the dead people.
The Nigeria Police under the leadership of Inspector General Ibrahim Idris had accused Saraki of having relationship with the robbers, an accusation Saraki had already vehemently rejected.
The Police further noted that the suspects said that they had worked as political thugs for Saraki, adding that he (Saraki) supplied them with ammunitions and that they had more evidences to show Saraki had connection with the robbers.
“My hands and legs were tied to the back and suspended in between two tables by iron rod for like one hour 30 minutes. Then the senior police officer, Abba Kyari, came around to tell me that I should say that it was the Senate president that gave us guns to rob Offa banks,” the suspect told the court (according to Nigerian Tribune Newspaper).
“I told him my life is at stake here and that I wouldn’t do such. Then, he said I should do that for them and that they’ll pay me and thereafter set me free. I disagreed and was carried back to the cell on his instruction as I couldn’t walk,” he added.
Mr. Abba Kyari is the police officer who led the team that apprehended the suspects.
“I was shot on my two legs. I was later taken to Abba Kyari office, where he asked to know if I was ready to cooperate and I said yes and pleaded not to kill me. The next day was when Michael Adikwu was brought to identify us and say what connected us together. The dismissed officer said he didn’t know us and after much torture, he was shot dead in our presence.”
The police had reported the death of Adikwu, but however alleged that he died a natural death.
“I was panicked, thinking I was next to die. Later, a female TV journalist was brought by a police officer with a note, saying that was what they wanted me to say, and that if not, I will “travel”, meaning, I would be killed,” he continued.
“That was how I agreed in the presence of the female journalist, who recorded while I was also beaten at interval.”