Former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has accused the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of plotting to slam treason charges on Senate President Bukola Saraki.
Frank, in a statement in Abuja, yesterday, claimed that the plot was to implicate Saraki in the final report and thereafter charge him with treason, just like the Police allegedly did in the Offa robbery case.
He alleged that Tuesday’s invasion and siege on the National Assembly was masterminded by the APC as a deliberate ploy to again rope in Saraki and pave way for his immediate arrest and prosecution.
“It is commendable that the IGP has submitted an interim report on the siege to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.“However, nobody should be in doubt of the fact that the IGP has deep hatred for Saraki, considering that Saraki had severally called on the IGP to appear before the Senate to account for the incessant killings across the nation due to his inefficiency. “Besides, the IGP’s interim report is a clear indication of a grand cover up of the failed plot by Oshiomhole and his cohorts in the APC to forcefully remove Saraki as Senate President.
“Is it not curious that the IGP refused to add statements made by Daura that he deployed DSS operatives to lay siege on the National Assembly based on the orders of Oshiomhole and Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President, in his report?“Recall that I had in a statement on Monday morning alerted Nigerians of a clandestine meeting between Oshiomhole, 30 APC Senators and Daura, where the plot to take over the National Assembly by security operatives was hatched.
“I had equally alerted Nigerians that the illegal invasion was to pave the way for APC senators to illegally reconvene the Senate and impeach Saraki and his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. “This plot is still well and alive, in spite of their failed bid to subvert democracy last Monday,” he said.Frank again raised the alarm about ongoing plot by the APC leadership to twist the report of the IGP and use it as a weapon to incriminate Saraki and thereafter charge him with an offence of treasonable felony.
He added: “In the said report, the IGP blamed the former DG of DSS of working with politicians. The report shows that the IGP is preparing another scheme to implicate Saraki and accuse him of treason.“The IGP’s failure to categorically name those behind the failed siege on the National Assembly is deliberate in order to fill the lacuna with the name of his arch enemy, Saraki.
“Let me once again put Nigerians and the international community on notice that the IGP, in connivance with Oshiomhole and APC senators, are about to shift from Offa robbery issue to treasonable felony charges against Saraki in order to clamp him into jail.”He warned that Oshiomhole and the Presidency have not relented in their onslaught against the Senate President and plot to forcefully takeover the Senate’s leadership, adding: “Let Nigerians and the international community be aware once again that Oshiomhole and his co-travellers have vowed not to rest until they force Saraki to relinquish his position as the President of the Senate.
“From information available to me, Oshiomhole has commissioned a team of hatchet writers to perpetually haul attacks on Saraki in the media. “They also plan to again use the Police to invade the National Assembly next week in their never-ending game to truncate democracy in Nigeria,” he said.He called on Nigerians to be at alert to fresh threats from the APC to derail democracy in the country, while appealing to the international community not to abandon Nigeria at a time anti-democratic forces are up in arms against democracy, rule of law, human rights and due process in the country.
He added: “Nigerians fought and many paid the supreme prize to reinstate democracy in the country and it is only Nigerians that can help sustain democracy in the country.” While thanking the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK), United States (US), Canada and other leaders of the international community for standing solidly with the country in the face of threats to its democracy and respect for the rule of law, Frank urged the nation’s allies to continue to play their unbiased role to help sustain democracy in the country.