The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has explained that there is no need for Senate President, Bukola Saraki to fret over its investigation into his time in office as governor as the Commission is merely carrying out its duties.
EFCC spokesperson, Tony Orilade, who stated this yesterday, said the investigation also has nothing to do with Saraki’s International Human Rights Commission, IHRC appointment and his approaching life out of power.
According to Orilade, “The EFCC has taken note of the reactions of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki to the Commission’s inquiries regarding his earnings as Kwara state governor as well as on the quality of his financial stewardship in the Senate.
“While it is his prerogative to ventilate his views on the matter as he deems fit, the Commission takes great exception at the desperate attempt to cast a slur on its investigative activities by portraying Saraki as a victim of persecution.
” Furthermore, the agency finds the attempt by the Senate President to tie our inquest to his International Human Rights Commission, IHRC appointment and his approaching life out of power as misleading, knowing too well that the background to our current inquiries reaches several years back.”
The EFCC further stated that “for the avoidance of doubt, the EFCC is obligated by law to enthrone probity and accountability in the governance space and has 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.
“The distinguished Senate President has no need to fret so long as he has no skeletons in his cupboard.
“The Commission has a sacred mandate to rid the country of corruption and corrupt elements and restates its unflinching resolve to achieve these, no matter whose ox is gored.”
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