BY CAMILLUS EBOH AND Alexis Akwagyiram*
ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian police said on Sunday the president of the upper house of parliament had been invited for questioning over allegations that he financed a criminal gang that carried out a spate of armed robberies and killed 33 people including pregnant women.
Bukola Saraki’s spokesman said in a statement the allegations were untrue, describing them as “ridiculous, unbelievable and a mere fabrication”. Saraki’s three-year tenure as Senate president has been marred by numerous accusations of misconduct and investigations, though none have led to convictions.
It said Saraki – Nigeria’s third most senior politician – had been invited to report to the Force Intelligence Response Team office in the capital, Abuja, to answer to the allegations.
A faction of the president’s All Progressives Congress party with close ties to Saraki last month issued a public letter stating that many of its members felt ostracized just months before a presidential election in February 2019 which Buhari says he plans to contest.