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Kwara govt. foot-dragging in prosecuting Offa robbery suspects, says Police
THE spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force, Jimoh Moshood, says investigations have been concluded into the robbery incident that took place in Offa, Kwara State, but the state government is reluctant to charge the suspects to court.
Moshood said this on Monday in reaction to allegations by a member of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Abdulrafiu Abdulrahman, that the police have been compromised in the Offa investigation.
The Kwara State police command had arrested suspected ritual killers who allegedly confessed to having sold about 31 human heads and body parts to several prominent politicians in the state and beyond. But Abdulrahman, who is Chairman of House Committee on Information, alleged that there was a plot by the police to force the suspected human parts dealers to implicate prominent political and religious leaders in the State.
But Moshood responded by saying that the police have long concluded the investigation into the Offa robbery and had handed the case file to the Kwara State Attorney-General since August.
“Investigation into the matter has been concluded by the police and the case file sent to Attorney General of the Federation who directed that the case file be sent to the Kwara State Attorney General for prosecution which the police has complied with since August 2018,” Moshood said.
“The Force has been waiting for the Kwara State Attorney General to take over the suspects from the police for prosecution.”
Moshood denied allegations that the arrested suspects were being forced to implicate come highly placed individuals in the state.
He said investigations into the alleged human parts buying and selling were still ongoing, “any individual or group found to be connected with this heinous crime will be arrested and prosecuted”.
“The Force has no plan to implicate any personality in the matter and there is no any cause for any innocent person(s) to be afraid of the law. The Force will not allow itself to be cowed, or obstructed from ensuring that the dictate of the law prevails in all matters,” Moshood said.
Recall that a similar scenario played out when the news broke that some suspected armed robbers that took part in the Offa robbery had been arrested.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, told newsmen at the time that he had intelligent reports that the suspects were being forced by the police to implicate him by saying that they were his boys, and that was exactly what happened days later when the suspects were being paraded by the police.
The suspects said they were thugs that worked for Saraki and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed. They further said that they were usually deployed during election periods to disrupt the process at polling units where their principals were losing.