Senate President Bukola Saraki and Director General, Atiku Abubakar Presidential Council, has called on the world to hold the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, responsible should anything untoward happen to his family members or himself.
Saraki stated this when he briefed pressmen at Legacy House, Abuja. He told them of alleged attack on his country home in Kwara, where All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters, allegedly supervised by policemen, attacked his people.
Saraki said: “It is important for Nigerians and members of the international community to note that this IGP, Idris Ibrahim does not believe that his job is to protect the lives and properties of all Nigerians, irrespective of political, religious and cultural beliefs.
“Do not forget that before now, this same IGP has tried several tricks to implicate me in some criminal charges. First, he arrested some cultists and was about to compel them to claim that they worked for me until the media pointed out holes in his story.
”Later, he went on to the Offa robbery case and politicized the investigation in order to rope me in. In the process of forcing suspects to implicate me, the principal suspect died in their custody. He has also not succeeded with that plot.
“Who knows what else the IGP may have planned? Now, that the campaigns season is fully underway, which requires my going round, I want the world to hold the IGP personally responsible if anything happens to me.
“Therefore, the whole world should hold the IGP responsible if anything untoward happens to members of my family and myself.
“The police have continued to show undisguised hostility to me and my supporters in Kwara State and this latest round of violence is part of efforts to jeopardise and undermine my personal security and that of my immediate and larger family.
“Yesterday (Thursday), after the APC concluded their campaign in Ilorin, some of their supporters and thugs moved around town and in areas like Adewole/Adeta, Ile Otan and Ubandawaki/Pakata where they saw our people gathered holding their weekly ward meetings; they disrupted the meetings by shouting their party slogan and when our people responded by mentioning our own slogan, they fired gun shots into their midst in Adewole/Adeta.
“The APC supporters also inflicted matchete cuts on some of our supporters. As a result of this attack, two people suffered bullet wounds.
“…these same APC thugs shielded by policemen went to my family quarters in Agbaji, Ilorin, and vandalized houses, shops and inflicted wounds with machete on three people.
“All this destruction took place in the presence of policemen who came with the thugs. The officers simply watched as the APC thugs and supporters unleashed violence on our people.
“Our people have filed reports of the incidents in relevant police stations in Ilorin but we have doubts that anything tangible and constructive will come out of these reports.
“The decision to attack people and properties in my family ancestral compound is a direct affront and attack on my person. Whatever signal these APC elements with the support from the police believe they are sending is definitely sinister and uncivilized.”
He went further to say, “A situation where political thugs and operatives attack opponents of the APC under the watch and protection of law enforcement agents does not present Nigeria well in the comity of nations.
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