The Police have explained why they invited the Senator representing Ogun East, Senator Buruji Kashamu.
They denied allegations that the Senator was invited for questioning in order to prepare grounds to extradite him to the United States of America to answer to drug-related charges.
Rather, the police said Kashamu was invited over allegations of threat to life, a complaint lodged against him by a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, from Ogun State.
Kashamu and Adebutu have been locked in a battle for control of the soul of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State.
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday explained why Kashamu was invited, in his written address to a counter-affidavit filed in a fundamental rights enforcement suit by the Senator.
According to The Eagle Online, the address was marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/647/2016. Idris is the 1st respondent in the suit.
While describing the suit as speculative and an attempt by Kashamu to among others restrain the police from performing its statutory responsibilities of investigating criminal allegations against him, Idris urged the court to dismiss the suit as it was capable of sending wrong signals.
He said in the counter-affidavit: “Both the applicant and the 3rd respondent (Adebutu) have made allegations of crime against each other and it is the duty of the 1st respondent (IGP) to investigate and make findings. This court cannot restrain the 1st respondent from investigating one and leaving the other on the speculation and imagination of the applicant that he will be arrested and transported to America, more so, when the 3rd respondent has not made such allegation against the applicant.
“We urge this court to dismiss the suit as being speculative and portends danger for the criminal justice in Nigeria if persons alleged of committing crime as serious as attempted assassination are shielded from investigation on mere conjecture as being sought in this case. This will breed anarchy and impunity in Nigeria where the government is doing everything to eliminate cases of politically-motivated assassination.
“This court cannot assume the criminal investigative power of the police to investigate the allegations made against each other in exhibits P1 and P2 (the petitions by Adebutu and Kashamu to the police). It is after the police have performed this role that the court will be called upon to adjudicate on the matter.”
Adebutu had in his petition dated August 22 alleged among others that Kashamu led about 50 thugs to attack him and almost killed him a night before the botched national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
Kashamu, in his counter-petition dated August 26, denied Adebutu’s allegation, accusing him of being encouraged to smear his image by some chieftains of the PDP in the South West.