EFCC To Investigate Senate President Bukola Saraki

The anti-graft agency, EFCC, has released the statement below explaining its decision to investigate Senate President Bukola Saraki again.

Mr Saraki had in a statement on Tuesday accused the EFCC of a witch-hunt for probing his tenure as governor of Kwara State. This is exactly where it all started.

Mr Saraki, a leader of the main opposition party, PDP, left office as Kwara governor in 2011, that's arguably 8 years ago.

In its reply on Wednesday, the EFCC said its investigation of Mr Saraki is “driven by overarching public interest and due process of the law.”

EFCC Full Statement Below :

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has taken note of the reactions of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to the Commission’s inquiries regarding his earnings as Kwara State governor as well as on the quality of his financial stewardship in the Senate. He would be thoroughly investigated for any defaults on his financial status.

While it is his prerogative to ventilate his views on the matter as he deems fit, the Commission takes strong exception at the desperate attempt to cast a slur on its investigative activities by portraying Saraki as a victim of persecution.

Furthermore, the Agency finds the attempt by the Senate President to tie our inquest to his International Human Rights Commission, IHRC appointment and his approaching life out of power as misleading, knowing too well that the background to our current inquiries reaches several years back.

For the avoidance of doubt, the EFCC is obligated by law to enthrone probity and accountability in the governance level especially at embezzlement of government funds, politics theft and has supremely pursued this duty without ill-will or malice against anyone.

It is in the interest of the public, and for Saraki’s personal good, that he is not only above board or even above the law by any means but be seen at all times to be so and respect those laws.

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