The Olofa of Offa, Kwara State, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi has absolved Senate President Bukola Saraki of any complicity in the deadly Offa bank robbery, adding that the police should not sensationalise the investigation of the April 5 robbery in the ancient town.
Oba Gbadamosi, in a statement by his Principal Private Secretary, Dr Tajudeen Oloyede, said as far as Offa people are concerned, Saraki has taken Offa as his second home, supporting its development projects.
He said, “The Offa people are well bred citizens of Nigeria and we are appreciative of people who have extended hands of fellowship to us. Dr. Saraki is one of such persons and thus we hold him in high esteem.
“When the Offa robbery happened, the Senate President was the first top public official to pay a visit to our town and right there in the palace in the glare of the High Chiefs and other well-meaning personalities, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Saraki put a call to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, requesting him to make necessary security arrangement which our people had long been yearning for.
“The Senate President also donated substantial money to help some of our people who were in distress as a result of the robbery and he also made substantial contribution towards the building of a new police station.
“We wish to state that the Senate President is a former Governor of Kwara State and by the grace of God the number three citizen of this country, we will therefore not be a party to attempt to ridicule, embarrass, denigrate and disgrace him. We know his antecedent, family and political beliefs.
“We therefore call on the police to be alive to their responsibility and avoid unnecessary sensationalism in the handling of the investigation into the Offa robbery incident. We will appreciate that this case is thoroughly investigated devoid of media trial and unnecessary and undue publicity. Our interest remain in the law taking its course against those who unleashed mayhem and violence against our people in order to prevent recurrence of such crime in our society.”