Saraki: Ibrahim Idris Is After My Life, ‘Hold IG Responsible If Any Harm Befalls Me’
Senate President Bukola Saraki has alleged that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, is after his life and that of his family, saying he should be held responsible if any harm befalls him or his family.
Saraki lamented that the police had continued to show undisguised hostility towards him and his supporters in Kwara State, noting that this latest round of violence was part of efforts to jeopardise and undermine his personal security and that of his immediate and larger family.
The Senate President disclosed this Friday, at a press conference in Abuja, where he said that it should also be noted that the IG has posted three different Commissioners of Police to Kwara State in the last six months.
According to him, “I call you today to bring to your attention the sad development in my home state, Kwara State, and the role of the security agencies in giving cover to people who are unleashing violence on our people because they are surprised and cannot understand how and why the people continue to give massive and overwhelming support to the PDP across the state.”
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Saraki noted, “Three incidents will illustrate what I am saying to you. Yesterday (Thursday) after the APC concluded their campaigns in Ilorin, some of their supporters and thugs moved around town and in areas like Adewole/Adeta, Ile Otan and Ubandawaki/Pakata where they saw our people gathered holding their weekly ward meetings, they disrupted the meetings by shouting their party slogan and when our people responded by mentioning our own slogan, they fired gun shots into their midst in Adewole/Adeta. They also inflicted matchet cuts on some of them. As a result of this attack, two people suffered bullet wounds.”
“Also yesterday, these same APC thugs shielded by policemen went to my family quarters in Agbaji in Ilorin, and vandalised houses, shops and inflicted wounds with machetes on three people.
“All these destructions took place in the presence of policemen who came with them but watched without any care, as the All Progressive Congress (APC) thugs and supporters unleashed violence on our people.
“For me, personally, I believe the decision to attack people and property in my family’s ancestral compound is a direct affront and attack on my person. And whatever signal these APC elements with support from the police believe they are sending is definitely sinister, uncivilised and unfortunate.”
Saraki said that while his people have filed reports of the incidents in relevant police stations in Ilorin, he expressed doubts that anything tangible and constructive would come out of these reports.