- Tony Orilade, a spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says he is not aware Saraki's houses are sealed off by the agency
- Orilade, who is the acting head of media of the anti-graft agency, says his office has not been updated concerning the reported seal-off
- Though, the EFCC spokesperson earlier confirmed that Saraki was under investigation, he says he has no information concerning the alleged sealing of the houses
Authorities at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have said they are not aware of the alleged seal-off of houses believed to belong to the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the acting head of media and publicity of the commission, Tony Orilade, said this in Abuja on Monday, May 13.
Orilade, who said that his office was unaware of the issue, added: “I have not been briefed; so, I don’t have any information on it.”
The EFCC had reportedly sealed off multiple residential houses belonging to Saraki and located in highbrow Ikoyi, Lagos.
The EFCC also confirmed that it had begun a fresh investigation into Saraki’s stewardship as president of the Senate as well as a probe of his earnings as governor of Kwara from 2003 to 2011.
In an earlier statement, Orilade had said that the EFCC was obligated by law to enthrone probity and accountability in the governance space and had 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,” he said.
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According to him, with indicting petitions and other evidence available to 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 public servant.”
Legit.ng earlier reported how the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) recently nominated Abubakar Bukola Saraki as an ambassador-at-large.
In a letter dated March 16, 2019, Ambassador Friday Sani, the diplomatic head of the commission to Nigeria and other African countries, stated that Saraki had been appointed as one of the revered Ambassadors-at-Large of the multinational body.
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