- Ope Saraki has been arraigned by the EFCC
- The EFCC accused him of discrepancies in two contracts he awarded
- Ope was once the special adviser on Millennium Development Goals in Kwara state
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Ope Saraki, cousin of former Senate president Bukola Saraki.
Ope was dragged to court over discrepancies in two contracts he awarded when he was the special adviser on Millennium Development Goals in Kwara state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the former Senate president accused the EFCC of trying to scandalise him by seeking the forfeiture of his houses in Ilorin
Saraki made the accusation on Tuesday, January 21, when the Federal High Court in Lagos entertained a suit filed by the EFCC seeking the forfeiture of his houses in Ilorin.
In another development, a leading pro-democracy group in Kwara state, Kwara Must Change expressed doubt in the possibility of an amicable settlement in the Ile Arugbo debacle between the Kwara state government and the Saraki family.
According to the group, it would be difficult to find any none legal solution on the matter because of the outburst of former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and his sister, Senator Gbemisola Saraki who is the minister of state for transport.
The group stated that claims by the Sarakis that their family is being witch-hunted by the Kwara state government have generated controversy.
In a statement by its coordinator, Comrade Yusuf Olatunji, on Sunday, January 26, the group said that the move by a legal representative to the Saraki family, exploring out of court settlement is a welcome development, but it doubts if such move is not coming late and at the wrong time.
“That misguided outburst, which should be the last resort, came first and practically made an amicable settlement impossible,” the group said.
Yusuf concluded that, as they hope for a positive outcome in the proposed resolution, members of the Saraki dynasty should learn decorum in public utterances.
Recall that Kwara Must Change recently called on the public to disregard claims being made in some quarters that some women were attacked during the demolition of Ile Arugbo.
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