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Offa Robbery: You Are Hiding Something – Kwara Government Tells Police

Posted by on October 23rd, 2018

 

 

The Government of Kwara State has accused
the Police of hiding something from Nigerians
as regarding the suspects involved in the
robbery operation in Offa.
The State Government said that the Police was
being economical with the truth on what
happened.
The police had reportedly blamed the state
Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice,
Justice Kamaldeen Ajibade, SAN, for delaying
the arraignment of the suspects.
They said they had concluded investigations and
sent the case file to the Attorney-General of the
Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar
Malami, who directed that the file be sent to the
state attorney general.
Reacting to the police statement in Ilorin,
Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice,
Ajibade described the police utterances as
‘cheap blackmail.’
The Commissioner said, “I see this as a cheap
blackmail by the police. They have something to
hide, which they are yet to tell Nigerians. I am
sure at the end of the day, Nigerians will know
what has transpired in this matter.
That is why the police are passing the buck.
They can now see that Nigerians have started
asking questions that if you’ve arrested suspects
since April and they are yet to be arraigned, then
there must be something about it. I urge people
to ask questions about this matter.
“I am surprised, particularly the statement
coming from the police spokesman, Jimoh
Moshood.
Moshood, without being personal, is from Ilorin.
He has contacts and I am sure he follows events
in the Kwara Command. He knows that the
suspects are still with him at the police
headquarters.
“Why will he now mislead the public that we are
yet to prosecute? How can you prosecute people
kept in Abuja in Kwara State High Court? It is not
possible.
“I want to confirm to you that a letter was written
from the Office of the Director of the Public
Prosecution of the Federation under the Office of
the Attorney-General of the Federation. My office
received a letter on August 27.
“The content of the letter had to do with the
investigation report on the Offa robbery and
directing my office to take up the prosecution of
the matter.
“Immediately we received this letter on
September 6, we wrote a letter through the Office
of the State Director of the Public Prosecution to
the Office of the Attorney-General requesting
them to provide for us the original case diary in
the Offa robbery and to transfer the suspects to
Kwara State Police Command.
We waited for about three weeks and did not
hear anything from them.
“I then met the AIG Legal, David Ogbodo and
requested that the original case diary is sent to
Kwara to enable us to start prosecution of the
matter. I also requested him to send the
suspects to Kwara State and he told me that he
had directed the man in charge. That is Abba
Kyari.
“We waited for another week, we could not get
anything from them. So, I directed my DPP to
liaise with the police this time. He liaised with
the police both in the state and with Abbah
Kyari.
They promised every day that they would send
the suspects to Kwara and the original case
diary, to no avail.
“You cannot prosecute under the law without
having the original case diary. You cannot even
file a charge without the case diary and in filing
a charge, you have to exhibit what we call proof
of evidence.
“This proof of evidence entails the statements of
witnesses. Statements of witnesses in this
sense, we are talking of the people that
investigated Offa robbers. We don’t have all
these with us. We don’t have the suspects on
the ground, we don’t have the witnesses on the
ground.
“How do you file a charge? How do you
prosecute people you cannot see?”


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