kaduna—THE police in Kaduna have identified a serving senator, Shehu Sani, APC-Kaduna Central as a person of interest in an ongoing homicide investigation.
Consequently, Austin Iwar, the police commissioner in the state has written to the senator asking him to appear on April 30 at the Command Headquarters in Kaduna for questioning. “This is in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide transferred to this office by 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, alongside with exhibit audio CD in which your name was mentioned by the principal suspect,” Mr. Iwar said in a letter to Mr Shehu Sani. Shehu Sanni A copy of the letter sighted yesterday said:
“This is to enable us fairly and timely conclude investigation into the matter, Mr Iwar said.” The letter was addressed to Senator Sani through the Clerk of the National Assembly. A copy of the letter was forwarded to Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The Police Commissioner however said the case was not politically-motivated, saying “A case was transferred to me and I am handling the case.” Mr Iwar said he would not give further details on the matter, nothing that “The matter is currently under investigation and we don’t think we have reached a stage yet where we could inform the public about it.”
Mr Iwar also said Mr. Sani would not be detained if he honoured the invitation, saying the police would have picked him up at the Senate if they had any intention of arresting him.
On his part, Senator Sani blamed the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, for the move by the police, alleging that the Kaduna government had concluded plans to frame him up with a murder case. “The state government is using the instrumentality of the police to carry out this act”, Mr Sani said yesterday.
According to him, the plan was revealed to him through a letter already prepared by the police inviting him for interrogation on the said murder case. “There is an attempt to frame me up with a murder case by the Kaduna State Government using the police. A letter has been written from the office of the Commissioner of Police office but it has not been delivered to us,” he said.
Senator Sani said the case for which he was invited by the police was already before the court, adding “This is a case that is before the court of law. The governor wrote the judge expressing his interest in the case.”