Saraki Reacts As EFCC Seizes His Houses In Ikoyi

By Ikenga Chronicles May 12, 2019

Saraki Reacts As EFCC Seizes His Houses In Ikoyi

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has tackled the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over the seizure of some of his residential houses located in the Ikoyi area of Lagos.

The seizure is coming less than a week after the anti-graft agency launched a fresh probe against the Senate President over allegations of money laundering.

A statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President, reads: “Our attention has been drawn to the fact that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has marked certain property belonging to Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, obviously under the claim that they are subject of investigation.

“The action of the EFCC only reinforced our earlier stated position that their current investigation is mischievous, contrary to the tenets of the rule of law and only aimed at settling scores. This position is founded on the fact that these same buildings were the subject of earlier investigations by the EFCC as well as the case initiated by the Federal Government at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

“Also, the case went all the way to the highest court in our country, the Supreme Court of Nigeria. In that case, Saraki was discharged and acquitted because the courts believe the government has no case.”

Olaniyonu had previously accused the commission of intimidating Saraki with its probe of his tenure as Governor of Kwara state.

In its response, the anti-corruption agency told the Senate President that he ought not to be afraid if he has nothing to hide.