By Tobi Soniyi and Hammed Shittu
A Federal High Court in Abuja will tomorrow hear an application by former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, to stop the police from investigating him for alleged fraud.
Saraki’s lawyer, Lawal Rabana (SAN), had applied to the court via an ex-parte application for the enforcement of his client's fundamental rights. However, the court not willing to grant the ex-parte application, advised that police be served with the motion on notice which was filed alongside the ex-parte application.
Saraki is presently representing Kwara Central senatorial district.
Contrary to claim by his media aide, Akintoba Fatiregun, that he had obtained an interim injunction restraining the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Abubakar, and his men from arresting him or infringe on his rights pending the determination of the substantive suit on May 26, no such injunction was granted by the Federal High Court.
The statement by Saraki’s aide issued and made available to journalists in Ilorin yesterday, read: “the move was to protect his dignity and prevent further harassment.”
The statement read thus: “The motion on notice and other processes including Originating Summons were filed by his counsel Lawal Rabana (SAN), and same were served and duly received by the Commissioner of Police, Legal department at the police force headquarters Louis Edet House, Abuja.
“As a law-abiding citizen, Senator Saraki has decided to seek legal redress to put a stop to what appears an orchestrated frenzy calculated at smearing his name, assaulting his dignity and intimidating his person through deliberately garbled accounts and serial leaks concerning loans granted to a company that he has no relationship with.
“Senator Saraki is indeed in receipt of a letter from the Police Special anti-Fraud Unit, Lagos, inviting him to assist its investigations of a case of ‘conspiracy, forgery and stealing the sum of N21,000,000, 000 belonging to Joy Petroleum Limited.’ Saraki has made it clear on many occasions that he has no relations with Joy Petroleum and wishes to so restate.
“While taking note of and displeased with the tendentious attempts to prosecute and persecute him on the pages of the media, Senator Saraki has asked the court to determine whether he could be invited by the police to assist in investigating a matter in which he is not linked and for which no specific allegation has been made against him.
Saraki wishes to assure all Nigerians that he has nothing to hide and he remains a law-abiding citizen but that he also has a responsibility to protect himself under the law against what increasingly appears a deliberate smear campaign designed his persons.”