Paradise Papers: I Violated No Law – Saraki

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By Ahuraka Isah, Abuja

Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday, faulted the report on paradise papers insisting that he hid no asset and violated no known law.

In a statement signed by his special adviser on media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, copy of which was made available to LEADERSHIP, Saraki said, as a public officer, he would always explain his position.

“We know this is the period of politics when mudslinging is a common trick in the game.

“However, we will like to make it known that Dr. Saraki violated no law and did nothing illegal in the course of registering the company under reference, Tenia Limited, and afterwards.

“As we had earlier explained when the issue was first brought into public view, the company in question, Tenia Limited, was incorporated in 2001, long before Dr. Saraki ventured into politics and was elected into public office.

Olaniyonu noted that “the company from incorporation to date had never been used for any transaction. It held no asset. It had no bank account to the best of the knowledge of Dr. Saraki. Even if it did, the Senate President was not a signatory to such account. This is just a paper company and therefore could not have been used to hide any asset.

“For the umpteenth time, we will reiterate the fact that the Senate President has fully complied with the law on assets declaration, even as it concerns the company under reference.

“We call on all members of the public to disregard the claims and insinuations suggesting that the company in question was incorporated to perpetrate any illegality or that its existence violates any law” he added.