- The EFCC said it is not witch-hunting Saraki as he has claimed
- The anti-graft agency said it has a mandate to ensure financial accountability
- The agency asked the Senate president not to fret if he has nothing to hide
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has fired at Senate president, Bukola Saraki, asking him not to fear its investigation if he has nothing to hide.
The EFCC’s statement is coming following a statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu who is the media aide of Saraki, where he claimed there was a witch-hunt against the Senate president.
Vanguard reports that the EFCC said it is empowered by the law to carry out investigation for the purpose of accountability. The anti-graft agency said it has discharged its duty without ill-will and will continue to do so.
It asked Saraki not to fret if he has no skeleton in his cupboard.
The statement reads: “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.
“While it is his prerogative to ventilate his views on the matter as he deems fit, the Commission takes great 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 space 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, but be seen at all times to be so.
“Indeed, all the instances in which the EFCC have had cause to sleuth into his financial activities either as a former governor or President of the Senate were driven by overarching public interest and due process of the law.
“Against the background of the posse of indicting petitions and other evidence available to the EFCC, even Saraki will agree with the Commission that putting him through a legitimate forensic inquiry is the legitimate route to establish his integrity as a public servant.
“The distinguished Senate president has no need to fret so long as he has no skeletons in his cupboard. The Commission has a sacred mandate to rid the country of corruption and corrupt elements and restates its unflinching resolve to achieve these, no matter whose ox is gored.”
Meanwhile, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, condemned in strong terms, the renewed effort by the EFCC to probe Saraki.
Comrade Frank in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, May 7, described the move by EFCC to again comb the books of the Kwara state government as “another round of evidence shopping by the anti-graft body to enable it commence another circus trial,” adding that it will, “collapse like a park of cards at the end of the day.”
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