An Abuja court has summoned the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, to appear before it regarding a criminal complaint initiated against him by a private lawyer in respect of the bank robbery incident which occurred in Offa, Kwara state.
The summons, issued by a grade I area court in Aco Estate, Lugbe, Abuja, directed the inspector-general of police, (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, to serve a summons on the Senate president regarding the legal action,
The Punch reports. The legal action was reportedly initiated by an Abuja-based lawyer and rights activist, Oluwatosin Ojaomo. Counsel to the litigant on Monday, September 17, told journalists that the police boss had taken steps to serve the Bukola Saraki the summons.
The litigant was reported to have initiated the action against Saraki under section 89(5) of the administration of criminal justice act (ACJA) 2015.
The action sought that Saraki be summoned for allegedly ignoring police invitation to answer to an allegation involving the investigation of the suspects of the Offa robbery. The complaint stated that Saraki’s alleged refusal to honour the invitation amounted to obstructing a criminal investigation and disobeying a public officer carrying out a lawful responsibility.
“The defendant is not in court. At the last date, the court issued a witness summons on the IGP to come and show cause why the police failed to effect service of the criminal summons, warrant of arrest and other processes on the defendant,” the counsel to the litigant, Marcus said. “The witness summons was served on the Nigeria Police Force by the court’s registry.
“However, we received a call from DSP Mahmoud of the Legal Department of the Nigeria Police Force headquarters, that the matter has been assigned by the IGP to a particular unit of the NPF to effect the service of the summons on the defendant and arrest him.” Marcus said, his client was supposed to serve Saraki the court papers but since his client could not the Senate president as ordered by the court, he applied, under section 122 of the ACJA, for the IGP to help effect service on the defendant.
Meanwhile, Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate and presidential aspirant on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, says the north central deserves a chance come 2019. Saraki made the statement while addressing party faithful and supporters in Jos on Sunday, September 16.
He said that the north central had worked hard for the country and had remained loyal in spite of the seeming division in the country. The aspirant said that it was time to change the narrative in the country and have a government that would include everybody.