August 21, 2018

‘Saraki Stage-Managed Police Siege To His House’ – FPRO Jimoh Moshood

‘Saraki Stage-Managed Police Siege To His House’ – FPRO Jimoh Moshood
FPRO Jimoh Moshood says the police did not invade Bukola Saraki's residence
FPRO Jimoh Moshood says the police did not invade Bukola Saraki’s residence

The Nigeria Police Force has denied sending a detachment of operatives to the residence of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
Speaking on behalf of the police, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Jimoh Moshood, said that rather, the Senate President stage-managed the invasion of his Apo Village, Abuja, residence to put the police in a bad light.
In a statement issued by his office, Moshood said the officers seen in a widely circulated video of officers stationed in front of Saraki’s house were actually the security details attached to the number three man.
Part of the statement reads:
“The police personnel seen in pictures in the media were those in the convoy of the Senate President and others attached to him and his residence.
The Inspector General of Police directed a thorough investigation to ascertain the facts in the episode.”
Read the full statement here:
“RE: Invitation to Sen. Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria on the case of Offa Robbery and gruesome murder of more than 31 persons and snatching of 21 AK47 rifles on the 5th of April, 2018
NO POLICE PERSONNEL BLOCKADE THE RESIDENCE OF THE SENATE PRESIDENT, SEN. BUKOLA SARAKI TODAY, 24th JULY, 2018.
Further to the press release from this office early this morning on the above subject, where I mentioned that the Nigeria Police Force’s attention was drawn to the innuendos in the early hours of today, 24th July, 2018, that some police personnel were seen surrounding the residence of the Senate President in Abuja;
The Force categorically stated that there was no authorised deployment of police personnel to besiege the residence of the Senate President or his deputy as reported in the media.
The police personnel seen in pictures in the media were those in the convoy of the Senate President and others attached to him and his residence.
2. However, the Inspector General of Police directed a thorough investigation to ascertain the facts in the episode.
3. In addition to the early statement of the Nigeria Police Force mentioned above, the Force hereby wishes to reiterate that no police personnel was sent to besiege, blockade the residence of the President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sen. Bukola Saraki.
4. It is also absolutely untrue that the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki was harassed, threatened or intimidated physically or otherwise by any police personnel either from the Force Headquarters or any other Formation of the Force.
5. The Nigeria Police Force will not abdicate from its constitutional responsibilities of detection of crimes and criminalities, and will always treat crime as crime no matter who is involved.
The Force remains focused and will not be distracted from carrying out a discrete and thorough investigation into the indictments of the Senate president, Sen. Bukola Saraki, from confessional statements of some of the Five (5) gang leaders arrested for their active participation in the Offa bank robbery and gruesome murder of more than 33 persons and snatching of 21 AK47 rifles on the 5th of April, 2018.
6. The members of the public are hereby implored to disregard and discountenance the report of the blockade of the residence, harassment, and threat on his person in its entirety as untrue and misinforming.
Thank you and God bless
Ag. DCP JIMOH MOSHOOD
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA.”

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