The Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, has refuted claims by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that all his Police Security have been taken away from him and members of his family, ahead of the 2019 general elections, among other claims.
The Police however, stated that all the allegations made by the Senate President are false, and should be ignored by the general public, as mere political propaganda.
This was contained in a Press statement, signed by the Force Public Relations Office, Ag. DCP, Jimoh Moshood, which was sent to Post-Nigeria.
The statement reads in full:
All the Police personnel attached to the person of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, his Office, and family, are intact, and all the statutory security protection on the person of the Senate President, are also accorded him all the time, and there was no complaint from the Senate President before now to the Police on this.
The Nigeria Police Force wishes to categorically state that all the allegations in the statement of the Senate President are incorrect, misleading, and false, and should be disregarded and discountenanced by the general Public.
The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a statement in the media credited to the Senate President, on the recent political development in Kwara State, where he raised allegations that “…the entire world to hold the IGP responsible, if anything untoward happens to members of my family and myself.”
The Nigeria Police Force wishes to categorically state that all the allegations in the statement of the Senate President are incorrect, misleading and false, and should be disregarded and discountenanced by the general Public. The Nigeria Police Force did not give any protection to any political thug or shield any APC thug, to go to family quarters of the Senate President, in Agbaji, Ilorin, and vandalize houses, shops and inflict wounds with machete on three (3) people as claimed by the Senate President. The Police did not receive any complaint or report of gunshot and wounding as claimed by the Senate President in other areas he mentioned such as Adewole/Adeta, Ile-otan and ubandawaki/pakata.
For avoidance of doubt, there was no complaint reported at any Police division within Ilorin metropolis or any other Police Division on the 10thJanuary, 2019 to today 11th January 2019 of any attack, wounding, shooting and destruction of any property by any individual(s) or any political party on their members. However, Security within Ilorin metropolis and other locations in kwara State has beefed-up to ensure security of all Nigerians living in the State.
It is pertinent to state that all Police personnel attached to the person of the Senate President, his office and family are intact and all the statutory security protection on the person of the Senate President are also accorded him all the time and there was no complaint from the Senate President before now to the Police on this.
It is incumbent on the Force to set the record straight and correct the wrong impressions that must have been created in the minds of the general Public and the International Community from the misinformation and misleading account from the Senate President. The Inspector General of Police did not try any trick to implicate the Senate President in some criminal charges; the facts are in the public domain about the suspects of the Offa Bank Robbery now being prosecuted who implicated the Senate President in the matter.
The Nigeria Police Force is hereby assuring all Nigerians that the Nigeria Police Force has no any undisguised hostility to the Senate President or his supporters in Kwara State or to jeopardize or undermine his personal security and that of his immediate and larger family. The Force will continue to be apolitical and will ensure adequate security throughout the Country for all political parties, their members and supporters before, during and after the 2019 General Election.