Nobody Arrested Me, I Visited EFCC Office On My Own Volition - Saraki - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Nobody Arrested Me, I Visited EFCC Office On My Own Volition - Saraki



By Our Reporter

Former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said that he visited office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at his Volition to clarify some issues with the agency and was not arrested as erroneously reported in some section of the media.

The EFCC quizzed him over alleged embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.

Saraki arrived at the EFCC office around 2pm was grilled for hours by the agency's detectives over alleged involvement in misappropriation of billions of naira while he served as governor of Kwara state.

Details of the allegations against him were sketchy but it was said to be in connection with contracts awarded during his tenure in office.

, was Senate President between 2015 and 2019. He also governed Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.

A senior official confirmed the development, stating that the former Kwara State governor was invited to shed light on some shady financial dealings.

This is happening four days after a former Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko  Al-Makura, and his wife, Mairo, were  grilled by the EFCC over breach of public trust and misappropriation of billions of naira by his administration.

But clarifying on the development, 
Saraki, 58, said that as a responsible citizen, he answered some questions at the commission’s office while the visit lasted on Saturday afternoon.

The ex - governor and chieftain of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), assured the commission that he had nothing to hide and would always make himself available to clear all issues that may require his attention.

He made this known in a signed  statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu of 
Abubakar Bukola Saraki Media Office.

It reads "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."


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