Intrigue: Offa Robbery, Death of principal suspect, Police, Saraki hide and seek game
Several months after suspected dreaded robbers who were involved in Offa Robbery were apprehended, the Kwara state people now have the opportunity to see that justice is served.
Having said this, the stories seems to be turning out like a conspiracy, the intriguing and unfolding events leaves much to be desired by followers of this case.
While the Police insists that the senate president is yet to be vindicated, Mr. Bukola Saraki seems to be elated about the demise of the late gang leader, Michael Adikwu. However, in a twist of event, the senate leader has also called for the probe into the death of the gang leader.
Is this a conspiracy ?
It is not ideal for a suspect in a case to die in custody, especially when such suspect was about to be arraigned in court. (One would say Saraki is right to have called for probe into the death of the key suspect)
When such happens, what comes to mind first, would be that someone, somewhere has connived or conspired to bury certain secret in the case currently being investigated, and in order to hoard the facts from being divulged to the public, the suspect may be committed to a sudden death.
The question is, who would have conspired to kill a suspect? What will it benefit such a party?
How Michael Adikwu died
The police have issue a statement on how the suspect who was once a police officer died, and also stated that the death in custody of a leader of the Offa bank robbery gang, Michael Adikwu, will not affect the outcome of the case.
The force also confirmed that the evidence of the other gang leaders were enough to prosecute Senate President Bukola Saraki.
In a statement by police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, on Thursday, the police said the suspect’s death does not absolve Mr Saraki of any wrongdoing.
Mr Moshood said a post-mortem report on Mr Adikwu’s cause of death is available. He, however, did not include any details of the post-mortem report.
“Michael Adikwu ‘M’ 30Yrs was not murdered but slumped and died in detention while 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,” the police spokesperson said.
The police had arraigned the gang leaders – Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibukunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salawudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran – at a Kwara State High Court for involvement in the April, 2018 bank robberies during which over 31 persons, including nine policemen, were killed.
The police spokesman, Moshood Jimoh, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, explained that Adikwu, 30, was not murdered, “but slumped and died in detention.”
Jimoh said, “It is important for the public to know that Adikwu was not among the five
gang leaders that indicted and implicated the Senate President; therefore, his death cannot vindicate Senator Bukola Saraki. There is a post-mortem examination result in respect of the death of Adikwu.
“Evidence from the five suspects now in court is enough to prosecute the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki,” he added.
The police insisted that investigation had revealed that the men who carried out the robberies in Offa in April, 2018, were Saraki’s political thugs, adding that the accused admitted that they attended the Senate President daughter’s wedding in Abuja.
The force spokesman dismissed a statement by the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President, Mr Yusuf Olaniyonu, that the case against Saraki was politically motivated.