A suspect in final 12 months’s theft assaults on industrial banks in Offa, Kwara state, Ayoade Akinnibosun, on Friday advised an Ilorin Excessive Court docket how the police requested him to implicate the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
Akinnibosun and two different suspects, Ibikunle Ogunleye (2nd accused particular person) and Adeola Abraham (third accused particular person) narrated earlier than the courtroom how police extracted assertion from them by power through the course of investigation of the incident.
The suspects additionally disclosed that the principal suspect within the theft incident who was a dismissed police officer, Michael Adikwu was shot lifeless by one Inspector Vincent connected to the police Intelligence Response Staff (IRT).
Akinnibosun, Ogunleye and Abraham had been examined and cross-examined by their counsel, Mathias Emeribe and prosecution counsel, Razaq Gold, in a trial inside trial on how they had been tortured and threatened by the police to make confessional statements.
The prosecution witness, Inspector Hitila Hassan, had on Thursday advised the courtroom that the suspects voluntarily gave their statements beneath his supervision.
Lead Prosecuting Counsel, Prof. Wahab Egbewole sought to tender the statements as exhibit however the defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe objected.
Emeribe argued that the statements weren’t voluntarily taken, noting that they fell wanting the provisions of the Proof Act notably sections 28 and 29.
On the resumed listening to right now, Akinnibosun mentioned “Abba Kyari advised me to say the title of Senate President Bukola Saraki that he gave me the weapons for the operations. However I declined to try this contending that my life is at stake.
“He (Abba Kyari) promised that they would reward me handsomely and set me free if I can indict Senator Saraki. When I disagreed they called some policemen to take me back to their cell. During this time, my hands were tied to my legs in the back.”
The suspect added that he was the chief of Kwara South Liberation Motion mobilizing younger jobless graduates for the Senator representing Kwara South district within the higher legislative chamber, Dr Rafiu Ibrahim.
“The essence is to secure government jobs for the boys,” he mentioned.
Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye and Adeola Ibrahim gave graphic particulars of their horrifying expertise allegedly within the police custody in Abuja.
Throughout considered one of their encounters on the police IRT ‘theatre room,’ they mentioned of their presence Inspector Vincent allegedly shot lifeless 5 Fulani males.
‘The theatre room,’ in keeping with them is the generator room of the IRT’s workplace and it additionally doubles as the place suspects are extra-judicially executed.
They added that it was in the identical ‘theatre room that Inspector Vincent otherwise known as ‘Mr. Torture,’ allegedly shot lifeless Michael Adikwu for failing to indict them within the theft incident.
In keeping with Ibikunle Ogunleye “they brought the late Adikwu to implicate us and he said he had not met any of us in his life that is why Mr. Torture shot him to death.”
The trial Choose, Justice Halimat Salman adjourned the case to March 25, 2019 for continuation of trial inside trial.