One of the suspects in Offa robbery, Ayoade Akinnibosun has disclosed that the police requested him to implicate the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Akinnibosun alongside two other accused persons, Ibikunle Ogunleye and Adeola Abraham, at a Kwara state High Court, sitting in Ilorin, explained how police dug out statements from them with force.
They also stated that the principal suspect, in the robbery incident, Michael Adikwu was shot dead by an Inspector attached to the police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) after which the police high command had reportedly announced that Adikwu slumped in their custody and was rushed to the hospital before he finally died.
However, Prosecution witness Inspector Hitila Hassan earlier told the court that the suspects voluntarily gave their statements under his supervision.
Lead Prosecuting Counsel Prof Wahab Egbewole asked to tender the statements as an exhibit but defence counsel Mathias Emeribe objected, arguing that the statements were not voluntarily taken.
In today’s proceedings, Akinnibosun said: “Deputy Commissioner of Police, 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 contending that my life is at stake”.
“He 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” he added.
The Presiding judge, Justice Halimat Salman, therefore adjourned the case to March 25th for the continuation of trial.