The Nigerian police have said that the death of the principal suspect in the Offa bank robbery, Michael Adikwu, cannot vindicate Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Saraki had said on Wednesday that the police investigation into the deadly bank robbery on April 5 was politically motivated to implicate him and Kwara Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed.
But spokesman for the police Jimoh Moshood said the evidence from the five suspects now in court were enough to prosecute the Senate President.
“The Death of Michael Adikwu ‘M’ 30Yrs (A Dismissed Police Man and an Ex-Convict) a sectional gang leader who confessed to have killed 22 persons including pregnant women and nine Police personnel during Offa Bank Robbery cannot vindicate the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, the law must take its course,” he said in a statement.
The police insisted that the arrest of the robbery suspects “was not politically motivated as alleged by Yusuf Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki to the media, but purely a criminal case.”
The police spokesman said: “Michael Adikwu ‘M’ 30Yrs was not murdered but slumped and died in detention while an investigation into the Offa Bank Robbery was ongoing.
“It is also important for the public to know that the deceased Michael Adikwu ‘M’ 30Yrs was not among the Five (5) gang leaders that indicted and implicated the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, therefore, his death cannot in anyway vindicate Senator Bukola Saraki.
“There is a post-mortem examination result in respect of the death of Michael Adikwu ‘M’ 30Yrs.”