The three men charged in the April 5, 2018 bank robbery in Offa, on Friday told a High Court in Ilorin, Kwara that the confessional statements admitting to the crime were obtained under duress while in police custody.
The police charged Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye and Adeola Abraham with criminal conspiracy to rob the banks, robbery of the banks, conspiracy to murder; murder of nine policemen and other innocent citizens, and illegal possession of firearms.
Testiying in while being led in evidence in the trial-within-trial by their counsel, Mathias Emeribe, Akinnibosun, said he was tortured and threatened by the police to make the confessional statements.
Akinnibosun alleged that Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, also asked him and the other accused persons to implicate Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Akinnibosun, Ogunleye and Ibrahim gave graphic details of their experience allegedly in police custody in Abuja.