The Presidency, through the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, has exonerated Senate President, Bukola Saraki, from the Offa bank robbery allegation.
Malami in a letter addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, revealed that the Police has no reasonable evidence to put Saraki on trial, for the armed robbery that took place in Kwara State, earlier this year.
In a legal advice which Malami’s Office sent to Idris, it was strongly recommended that Saraki should not be identified as a suspect in the robbery, because there is no evidence to back such allegation.
The Federal Director of Public Prosecution, Mohammed Etsu, who prepared the reports for the Attorney-General, insisted there was “no departure from the earlier findings in the interim report, this office is still unable to establish any” actionable evidence against Saraki, “for any offences of criminal armed robbery and culpable homicide punishable with death.”
Malami also cleared Yusuf Abdulwahab, the Chief of Staff to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, of any involvement in the armed robbery.
The Police investigation did not uncover “any collaborative evidence linking” Abdulwahab “to the Offa bank robbery”, the Attorney-General said, consequently justifying a court’s decision that earlier admitted the Senior Aide to bail.
There is a judicial precedent, that a suspect who has not been tried and convicted by a competent court, could be admitted to bail, Malami added. Abdulwahab was similarly cleared in the preliminary report.
The Attorney-General’s Office, said that only prime suspects who took part in the robbery should be charged to court for armed robbery and murder, both of which could draw capital punishment upon conviction.
The AGF, also ordered that the case should be returned to Kwara State for prosecution, marking yet another blow to the Police’s determination to try all the suspects in Abuja.