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UPDATED: SARAKI PRESENTS HIMSELF TO EFCC INVITATION ON CHARGES OF STEALING AND MONEY LAUNDERING

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By Adeniyi Onaara

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki on his own volition, presented himself to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in relation to fresh charges of stealing and money laundering.

Saraki, the former governor of the state of Kwara, was arrested on July 31, 2021.

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Saraki faced a slew of corruption allegations and fake asset declarations during his time as Senate President, which spanned 2015 to 2019.

The Supreme Court acquitted him in June 2018.

Saraki, on the other hand, is accused of stealing and laundering public monies through a network of cronies and proxy firms in his latest case with the anti-graft commission.

EFCC investigators received a list of the proxy businesses involved and examined a pattern of suspicious transactions involving them and Saraki.

In a press statement issued by the Media Office of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, it said “would like to confirm that this afternoon (Saturday), of his own volition, Dr. Saraki visited the office of the EFCC to clarify any issue that the commission may have wanted to raise with him. He was never arrested.”

Full Text of the Press Release below:

PRESS STATEMENT

The Media Office of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki would like to confirm that this afternoon, of his own volition, Dr. Saraki visited the office of the EFCC to clarify any issue that the commission may have wanted to raise with him. He was never arrested and he is at home right now.

It will be recalled that following the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the Fundamental Human Rights case filed by Dr. Saraki during the period of the former Chairman of the EFCC which precluded the commission from investigating him until the matter is dispensed with, the commission at the last hearing on July 14, 2021, pleaded with the judge that the order was preventing them from doing their job.

Following this complaint, Dr. Saraki, as a responsible citizen, on his own volition approached the commission that at the earliest convenient date, he was willing to visit the commission’s office and clarify all issues they might want to raise with him.

He, therefore, visited the commission’s office this afternoon and answered some questions.

Dr. Saraki also assured the commission that he has nothing to hide and will always make himself available to clear all issues that may require his attention.

Signed:

Yusuph Olaniyonu
Abubakar Bukola Saraki Media Office

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