I’m Not Obstructing EFCC Investigation, Says Saraki

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Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that he is not interested in  obstructing investigations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He said this in a statement issued by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his media aide, on Monday, adding that he was not engaging in a media war with the commission.

He said the commission had been leaking documents and court processes to newspapers. He added that a letter the commission had written to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court was also distributed to media houses, including Saraki’s response written in early May. 

“We need to reiterate that Dr. Saraki is not interested in obstructing any investigation by the EFCC or any security agency. While the EFCC claims that it is investigating the Office of the Senate President between 2015 and 2019, we make bold to say that it is just on a wild goose chase. That Office has nothing to do with contract awards and handling of the finances of the National Assembly. These are functions of the bureaucracy of the National Assembly, otherwise known as the National Assembly Management,” the statement read. 

On its persistent probe of the tenure of Saraki as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011, Olaniyonu maintained that all the issues the EFCC were presently raising were the same issues that were contained in four of the charges filed before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and taken before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

According to him, Saraki believed that the current investigation constituted an infringement on his fundamental human rights and that in the exercise of his belief in the judiciary, he filed a case seeking the court’s intervention for the protection and enforcement of the rights.

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