One of the main suspects in the Offa robbery incident, Ayoade Akinninbosun, testified in court that embattled Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari allegedly made a N10 million deal to get him to implicate former Senate President Bukola Saraki in the armed robbery case.
Akinninbosun further said that Kyari offered to grant him a visa to any country of his choosing if he chose to Saraki during the resumed trial on Wednesday, January 18, at the Kwara State High Court in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, but he declined the offer. Akinninbosun made the following statements when being questioned by Mathias Emeribe (SAN), the defence lawyer:
“He said I should admit and say Saraki was the one who asked us to go and rob. I told him I won’t do that. That I will rather die for what I didn’t do than to lie against an innocent man.
“He asked me to think over his offer very well. At this point he ordered officers Hassan and Moshood to return me to the cell. A separate one different from where others are and they should stop torturing me.”
Akinninbosun stated that he was only permitted to write his biographical information at Ilorin before they were transported to Abuja in a tinted bus, where he was then kept in an area known as a “abattoir.”
The suspect insisted that Saraki was unconnected to the robbery case.
“We were like 15 to 20 taken to Abuja, I only know a few of them. We were put outside and served meals, but I couldn’t eat because my hands were paralyzed due to the torture I went through in their hands in Ilorin. They asked Kunle Ogunleye to feed me.
“They separated five of us, put us in the generator house and Officer Hassan Attila ordered they brought some men. They went to bring five Fulani men. They brought them and killed them all in my presence.
“I was told that was not a film. He asked me to stretch my legs and shot my right leg. He shot the second leg but when I tried shifting the leg, it hit my tomb.”
Akinninbosun continued by displaying to the court the bullet wound on his legs. He claims that Michael Adikwu, one of the robbery suspects, was shot and killed in his presence, which horrified him and led him to agree to implicate Saraki in a prepared statement to the press.
The case has been adjourned till 13th February, 2023.