- Bukola Saraki’s special adviser, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said EFCC's current investigation about his principal's choice of property is mischievous
- Olaniyonu commission earlier investigated the houses as the federal government initiated a case against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal
- According to him, in that case, Saraki was discharged and acquitted because the courts believed the government has no case
The Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to the seizure of residential houses in highbrow Ikoyi, Lagos by by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The houses allegedly owned by Senate president, Bukola Saraki were reported to have been sealed off by the commission.
Vanguard reports that Saraki’s special adviser Yusuph Olaniyonu, in a statement said EFCC's current investigation is mischievous, contrary to the tenets of the rule of law and only aimed at settling scores.
Olaniyonu explained that the commission earlier investigated the building as well as the case initiated by the federal government at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
According to him, in that case, Saraki was discharged and acquitted because the courts believe the government has no case.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to the fact that the EFCC marked certain property belonging to Senate president, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, obviously under the claim that they are subject of investigation.
“The action of the EFCC only reinforced our earlier stated position that their current investigation is mischievous, contrary to the tenets of the rule of law and only aimed at settling scores.
''This position is founded on the fact that these same buildings were the subject of earlier investigations by the EFCC as well as the case initiated by the federal government at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.''
“Also, the case went all the way to the highest court in our country, the Supreme Court of Nigeria. In that case, Saraki was discharged and acquitted because the courts believe the government has no case.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the EFCC sealed off five choice properties of Senate president, Bukola Saraki, located in high brow Ikoyi area of Lagos over alleged corruption.
The agency is in the process of approaching a court for an order for the interim forfeiture of the properties pending the conclusion of Saraki’s trial for allegations against him.
The mansions which include 15, 15A, 17 and 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi were sealed off based on the ongoing investigation of the politician by the EFCC.
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