“I Have Fully Complied With Law On Assets Declaration” –Saraki

By Ikenga Chronicles April 4, 2016

Embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has stated that he fully complied with all laws concerning assets declaration. Senator Saraki made this known in a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.

According to the statement, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki affirmed that “he has fully complied with the provisions of the law on declaration of assets by public officers.”
This was in “reaction to the claim contained in the Panama-based offshore provider, Mossack Fonseca and shared by the International Consortium of Investigation Journalists (ICIJ) that he failed to declare assets belonging to his wife, Mrs Toyin Saraki, in secret offshore territories…”

The Senate President stated that “in his different asset declarations [he] included properties owned individually by himself and his wife.”

The statement further clarified that;

“The property in question forms part of Dr. Saraki’s wife’s family asset. It is public knowledge that Mrs. Saraki comes from a family of independent means and wealth with numerous and varied assets acquired over decades in family estates and investments.Furthermore, the law only requires a public officer to declare both his own assets and those held by his spouse and his children under 18 years of age. The law does not require a public officer to declare assets held by the spouse’s family.
It is not expected by the law that a public officer should declare such assets held in the spouse’s family estate. Indeed, the Code of Conduct form does not make provision for declaration of spouse’s family assets”.

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