Offa Robbery: Saraki summoned by court

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OrijoReporter.com, Oluwatosin Ojaomo

An Abuja Area Court sitting in Lugbe has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to serve a summons on Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, following a criminal complaint initiated against the latter by an Abuja-based lawyer and Human Rights activist, Oluwatosin Ojaomo.

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Ojaomo in the suit accused Saraki of complicity in the bloody Offa banks robbery in which armed robbers linked to the Senate President killed about 40 persons including police officers.

The plaintiff’s lawyer on Monday told the court that they have gotten words from Idris assuring them that the necessary court papers would be served on Saraki, Punch reported.

According to the paper, Ojaomo initiated the criminal complaint marked, CR/196/2018, under Section 89(5) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015,

Quoting the report partly:  “On Monday, the complainant’s lawyer, Mr E. S. Marcus, said he was informed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police in the Legal Unit of the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, identified as Mahmoud, that the IGP had directed the legal unit to ensure the prompt service of the court papers on Saraki before the next hearing date of October 3, 2018.

“…Marcus explained in court on Monday that his client, who was supposed to bear the responsibility of serving Saraki with the complaint, had to resort to seeking the IGP’s involvement in accordance with Section 122 of the ACJA, when it became difficult for him to serve the Senate President.

“According to the lawyer, the Inspector-General of Police is required, under the law, to either produce the defendant in court or attend court to explain why the defendant was absent. He then applied to the court to grant a short adjournment to enable the police to serve the processes on Saraki.

“The judge, Ogbede, granted Marcus’ request and adjourned the case till October 3.”

 

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