Senator Bukola Saraki
By Chuks Okocha, Yemi Akinsuyi and Chiemelie Ezeobi
Senator Bukola Saraki (PDP, Kwara Central) was Monday granted bail by the Police after he was interrogated for almost eight hours on allegation of fraud.
Saraki, who is to report at the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) in Lagos on Thursday, was said to have been quizzed by detectives of the SFU at the Force Headquarters (FHQ) in Abuja.
The lawmaker who arrived the FHQ at about 11:15am was ushered into the building by the detectives who were already waiting for him at the gate and was immediately taken to the pent house at the FHQ where he was interrogated.
Although details were given on the nature of questions Saraki was asked to respond to, it was gathered, that he was requested by the SFU to write down his statement, after which he was allowed to return home on bail.
He was accompanied by two Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN)-Messrs L.O. Fagbemi, and R.A. Rabana, who were however not allowed into the interrogation room while his political associates, Alhaji Shaba Lafiaji, and some senators were also seen hovering around at the seventh floor of the FHQ.
Meanwhile, solidarity came the way of Saraki when thousands of his supporters thronged the SFU, Milverton Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, to protest his interrogation by the police. Led by state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ishola Fulani, the protesting crowd was made up of party leaders, political associates and supporters alike.
While calling for justice, Fulani described Saraki as a transparent man who can never be involved in any fraudulent activities. He further urged the police to shun injustice by handling the investigation with objectivity and fairness.
He said: “We are here to show solidarity to our leader and mentor whom we believe in his leadership. He transformed the state during his eight years in office and so Kwara people are not happy at this attempt to spoil his good name. We are urging the Federal Government to intervene in this matter and treat him fairly as he is a man of honour and not a leader of shady character.
“We strongly believe that he is not guilty of the allegation against him. We are not saying that policemen should not do their job, but they have to be transparent.”
Also speaking, member, Kwara State House of Assembly, Mrs. Ebun Owolabi, urged the police to carry out their duties judiciously without giving room for external interference.
She said: “I am speaking on behalf of women in Kwara State and we say that nothing must happen to this man of integrity and honour.
“We are not saying that police should not do their job, what we are saying is that he should be treated fairly and that nothing must happen to him.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in charge of SFU, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, said his command would do all within its powers to bring all the culprits in the defunct Intercontinental Bank scam to book.