Bank robbery in Kwara leaves 2 dead

Armed robbers on Wednesday raided- a new generation bank in Ifelodun Local Government of Kwara State, killing two security personnel.

At the Share robbery incident, eyewitnesses said that the armed robbers numbering about nine stormed the bank around 10.30 a.m. and ordered the staff members of the bank and the customers to lie down, with faces to the ground.

It was gathered that, the hoodlums, who came in three vehicles, wielded sophisticated gained entrance into the bank after they used their sophisticated weapons to break its main entrance.

With five members of the gang securing the outside, the other four within the banking hall took their time frisking everybody and gathering every money they could lay their hands on.

After gaining entrance, the armed robbers raided from the counters to the bank’s till, carting away large sums of money.

The operation according to the sources in the town lasted for two hours.

Some residents were said to have contacted the police divisional station at Oke Oyi in Ilorin East local government area. It was further gathered that the Police at Oke Oyi had preferred to block the only escape route for the robbers rather than confront them at the scene of the robbery.

N21 billion scam: Police declares Bukola Saraki wanted

Former governor and current Senator of Kwara State, Bukola Saraki, was on Saturday declared wanted by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force after a court dismissed bid for a restraining order against law enforcement.

The SFU secured a court order on Friday for the arrest of the former governor over an alleged N21 billion loan scam.

Saraki was initially summoned to face an inquiry in the investigations of the loan scam, but the Senator evaded the subpoena. Police believe the elusive senator illicitly obtained a N21 billion loan from the now defunct Intercontinental Bank Plc through Joy Petroleum, a company said to be owned by his former aide, Matthew Obahor.

The beleaguered senator failed in his attempt to seek a restraining order against the police force that will stop them from taking him into custody. There are unconfirmed reports that he had reportedly gone into hiding following the court’s decision to deny him this sliver of protection.

He has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, saying the charges have been trumped up by political enemies eager to smear his good name.

According to sources, the increasingly impatient police force is considering the use of force in bringing in the Senator.

“SFU may not hesitate to apply maximum force to bring him (Mr Saraki) in for questioning,” Joy Isinume, the special force’s spokesperson told the Premium Times.

The Vanguard reported that the SFU is looking to bring in the Senator’s wife, Toyin, who is declared wanted over the alleged N4 billion loan fraud. She reportedly collected the loan from Access Bank through her firm, DALTRADE.

A High Court in Lagos issued the warrant for Saraki’s arrest, Commissioner of Police Tunde Ogunshakin confirmed.

Senator Saraki secures restraining order against police

Senator Bukola Saraki has obtained an injunction from a Federal High Court in Abuja restraining the Inspector General of Police and his officers from arresting him over the N11 billion scandal at the now defunct Intercontinental Bank.

“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,” media aide Akintoba Fatigun said in a press release today.

The beleagured serving senator and former governor of Kwara state had received summons by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police in Lagos, asking that he submit to a query over an N11 billion loan scandal.

According to media reports, the team of detectives are trying to ascertain how massive loans, amounting to N11 billion, were awarded to subsidiaries of an oil marketing company, Joy Petroleum, owned by one of Saraki’s former aides, now deceased.

The press release confirmed that the Senator received a a letter from the SFU asking him to assist its investigations of a case of “conspiracy, forgery and stealing the sum of N21, 000, 000, 000 (Twenty-One Billion Naira) belonging to Joy Petroleum Ltd.”

Saraki refuted the allegations and denied links to Joy Petroleum. According to media sources, Lekan Alabi, former chief executive of Intercontinental bank is currently in detention over the same matter.

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.

He is also asking the court to keep the police force from infringing on his rights pending the determination of the substantive suit on Thursday, 26 May 2012.