A witness, Shamaudeen Bada has told Kwara State High Court how how men of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the IGP led by DCP Abba Kyari tortured him to implicate former Senate President, Bukola Saraki in the April 5, 2018 Offa robbery incident.
Bada who is a former Vice Chairman of Irepodun local government area of Kwara State, recounted his experience on Thursday during the resumed trial of the suspects in the robbery at the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.
Five suspects, Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham and two others were charged to court by the police for criminal conspiracy to rob the banks, murder of nine policemen and other citizens, and illegal possession of firearms.
When families of the suspects threatened the police with court case, the IRT operatives said they were taking instructions directly from the Inspector General of Police, IGP and that there was no court from Kwara that can stop their operations, the witness narrated.
During cross examination at the resumed trial, he said while in detention, the IRT operatives promised them they would be freed if they name Saraki as their sponsor. He however said, Ayo Akinrinbosun was shot in the leg when he declined to indict Saraki.
“After he was shot, I became very nervous, depressed and my health started deteriorating. DCP Abba Kyari brought some nurses to treat me. Before I was eventually released, the police officers gave me conditions before I was released that I must not grant any press interview, I must not go to court and that I should quit politics,” he said.
The witness also disclosed that the police officers directly told him, that “You these Kwara boys, we will show you shege. We will take Kwara from your leader, Saraki.”
According to the witness, their arrest was politically motivated due to the failure of Alhaji Lai Muhammed’s camp at the APC Ward Congress against the Saraki’s structure. To deal with the Saraki camp, they needed to tag it with something to nail them hence Offa Robbery became their option which was a month after the the Robbery saga.
The prosecuting counsel, Barr. Rotimi Jacobs, was unable to conclude his cross examination of the witness due to the fact that a particular document was not brought before the Court. Hence, he sought for an adjournment to obtain the said document and the case was subsequently adjourned to the 16th ,17th and 18th of January, 2023 for continuation of cross examination by the prosecution team.