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Nigerians on twitter divided over police indictment of Saraki in Offa robbery incident

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THE news that Bukola Saraki, Senate President, has been invited by the Nigeria Police Force for alleged involvement in the April 2018 Offa armed robbery incident, has generated huge controversy across the country.

On Twitter, Saraki has been trending since the news was broken late on Sunday, as people expressed their opinions on the development.

Following the discussions, there is a sharp divide between those who believe Saraki is being framed up, and those who feel there must be a connection between Saraki and the arrested criminals.

The first group cited instances with outspoken lawmakers like Dino Melaye of Kogi State and Shehu Sani of Kaduna State, who have both been critical of the federal government. Both Melaye and Sani have been accused of sponsoring criminal activities in recent times.

On the other hand, the second group argue that Saraki may not have sent the suspected armed robbers to go and rob banks, but it could be they were his political thugs.

Some of the Saraki supporters went as far as suggesting that impeachment proceedings be kick-started against Buhari, while those against him wondered why he is not in custody already.

But there are those who just do not care. They believe the whole drama with police and lawmakers are just what it is, drama and politics.

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“If Saraki is innocent, the case will fizzle and disappear once it no longer has political relevance. If Saraki is guilty, the case will fizzle and disappear once it no longer has political relevance. Nothing in this is about justice, it’s all politics. Don’t lose your sleep,” Ayo Sogunro tweeted.

Meanwhile, here are some of the reactions for and against Saraki’s involvement in the Offa bank robbery incident during which at least 30 persons were killed.

OPINIONS IN FAVOUR OF SARAKI

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https://twitter.com/SKSolaKuti/status/1003327225192730624

 

OPINIONS AGAINST SARAKI

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https://twitter.com/femifactor/status/1003555120926388224

Meanwhile, Saraki has denied having anything to do with the arrested Offa bank robbery suspects, describing the development as a baseless allegation and another ploy by the Police to implicate him by all means.

“Let it be known that there is no way I could have been associated with armed robbery against my people,” read the statement issued by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki’s media aide.

“This plot is concocted to embarrass me and, in the mind of the IGP, it is his own response after his refusal to honour the invitation by the National Assembly, headed by me, for him to come and offer explanations on the rampant killings and violence across the country.

“Like the earlier one, this frame-up will also fail as I hereby state categorically that I have no link with any band of criminals.”

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