EFCC opens a fresh probe against Saraki

EFCC opens a fresh probe against Saraki

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced another probe against Senate President Bukola Saraki.

It will be recalled that the anti graft agency last week opened a probe, against the Senate president on his tenure as the executive governor of Kwara state.

Yusuph Olaniyonu, spokesman to the senate president, who broke the news of the probe, said the EFCC wrote to the clerk of the senate “late last week”, requesting among other things details of contracts from 2015 till date.

Olaniyan said the letter signed by Mohammed Umar Abba, director of operations at EFCC, requested, “the Certified True Copies of the following: i) All Cash Books, Payment Vouchers, Contract Award Letters, Evidence of Contract Bidding, Agreement and Certificate of Contract Completion from 2015 to date. ii) Certified True Copies of all Financial Retirement made within the same period. iii) Any other information that may assist the Commission in its investigation.”

He, however, faulted the new probe, saying it is the first time such a letter is written to the office of the senate president “at the twilight of the tenure of the national assembly indicating hostile investigation along these lines.”

He said, “None of his predecessors got such ‘exclusive’ treatment in which their office was investigated by state officials seeking to nail them at all cost.”

“What EFCC does not know is that all the issues they are seeking to probe in the office of the Senate President are handled by the National Assembly Management, that is the bureaucracy of the federal legislature.

“The Senate President has nothing to do with such issues. However, in the eagerness and desperation to nail Dr. Saraki, they ignored even the basic facts upon which the entire investigation rests.”

“This new investigation into his activities as Governor of Kwara State is a repeat performance. The EFCC is fishing for evidence that they did not get in the past investigations which has spanned almost nine years.”

“To single out one individual for persistent investigation can only be logically and plausibly interpreted to be a witch-hunt. This is definitely no fight against corruption. It is a battle waged against a ‘political enemy’. It is a ‘label to damage’ plot.”