Former Governor of Kwara State and current senator, Bukola Saraki, accused of defrauding a defunct Nigerian bank of $133.5 million on Saturday said he will appear before the Police on Monday at 9:00 am. But the Police replied that he has already been declared wanted and cannot dictate when he will show up before them.
They have therefore asked the public for information on his whereabouts to enable them arrest him.
The senator was reportedly declared wanted by the Special Fraud Unit with a Lagos State High Court warrant of arrest.
In a press statement, Mr. Saraki promised to appear before the unit to respond to the initial summons by the police. He had spurned previous invitations by the police by approaching a high court judge in Abuja, requesting an interim order of the court to prevent the police from arresting or interrogating him.
According to him, Saraki had gone to court hoping that the police would respect the court having submitted to the jurisdiction.
The judge did not grant the motion, instead he/she alerted the police. But Mr. Saraki claimed the judge had given a temporary order barring the police from arresting or interrogating him. Saharareporters’ investigations revealed that there was no such court order restraining the police.
Last Thursday the federal judge handling the case, Justice Gladys Olotu, cleared the way for Mr. Saraki’s arrest by clarifying that there was no order of the court in place restraining the Nigerian police from carrying out its statutory duties. As a last minute attempt to avoid arrest, Mr. Saraki’s lawyers, led by Mr R.A Lawal Rabana, SAN, gave a press conference claiming that an ongoing court case was sufficient to deter the police from pursuing the senator case.
The police authorities responded on Saturday by issuing an arrest warrant and public notice declaring the Senator wanted.