- Says the suspect’s death cannot affect saraki’s prosecution
In response the death in custody of the principal suspect and gang leader in the Offa bank robbery, Michael Adikwu, the Nigeria police on Thursday stated that the suspect “was not murdered but slummed and died in detention”.
The deceased suspect was arrested along five other suspect responsible for the Offa bank robbery on 5th April 208.
Senate president Bukola Saraki, allegedly believed to be sponsors of the gang had called for an investigation into the death of the suspect.
In a statement signed the police spokesman, Jimmoh Moshood, the police said ” Michael Adikwu ‘M’ 30Yrs was not paraded along with the Five gang leaders now standing trial because he was taken out to arrest other members of the gang and recover the Twenty Two (22) AK 47 Rifles carted away during the Offa Bank Robbery.
” Michael Adikwu ‘M’ 30Yrs was not murdered but slummed and died in detention while investigation into the Offa Bank Robbery was ongoing.
Moshood revealed that a post-mortem examination result in respect of the death of Michael was available.
He further noted that the suspect’s death cannot “in anyway vindicate Senator Bukola Saraki” as the deceased was not among the Five gang leaders that indicted and implicated the senate President.
Moshood however informed that the other Five suspects namely; Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibukunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salawudeen Azeez, Niyi Ogundiran that indicted and implicated Saraki are alive and now in Court and are enough to prosecute the Senator Saraki.
” It should be of serious concern to all, that human life is sacrosanct and where investigation has been concluded and suspects arraigned in Court, judicial process must be exhausted and not hindered for the law to take its course in ensuring justice for the families of more than Thirty Three (33) innocent persons including pregnant women that were gruesomely murdered in cold blood by Michael Adikwu and the Five (5) gang leaders arrested, investigated and currently standing trial for direct involvement and active participation in the Offa Bank Robbery, than for any individual(s) or any group to attempt futile efforts and desperate distractions to pervert the end of justice is most unfair to the families of the deceased, the State and the society at large.” Moshood stated.