The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly written the Clerk of the Senate, demanding for the receipts, cash books and documents of contracts awarded under the leadership of Ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The anti-graft in the letter titled; ‘Investigation activities. Re: Office of the President of the Senate’ (with Ref. No. CR:3000/EFCC/ABJ/CMU/SAK/Vol1/168) signed by Mohammed Umar, its Director of Operations, says it was investigating cases of conspiracy, stealing and money laundering apparently in the last 8th Assembly.
Read the letter below in parts as obtained by Naija Buzz News;
“This commission is investigating a case of conspiracy, stealing and money laundering in which the need to obtain certain clarification in respect of transaction carried out in the above mentioned office has become imperative.
“In view of the above, you are kindly requested to avail us with the certified true copies of the following: All cash books, payment vouchers, contract award letters, evidence of contract bidding, agreement and certificate of contract completion from 2015 till date.
“Certified true copies of all financial retirement made within the same period and any other information that may assist the commission in its investigation.”
The EFCC had opened up an investigation into Saraki during his tenure as Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.
Naija Buzz News had also reported how the anti-graft sealed some of Saraki’s properties in a fresh investigation against him. The properties located in Ikoyi, Lagos State, were part of the case against Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which he won at the Supreme Court.
Naija Buzz News reported how Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Abuja High Court ordered the EFCC not to go on with the investigation on Saraki.
Consequently, the EFCC wrote Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court, accusing Justice Taiwo of being biased over his order against it.
Saraki had towards the end of his tenure wrote the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court, saying that the Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, was after him because the 8th Assembly under his leadership refused to confirm him as the EFCC chairman.
“My Lord, Mr. Magu is after me because he feels that as the President of the 8th Senate, I was responsible for the non-confirmation of his appointment, whereas the reason his appointment was not confirmed is all too familiar: an agency of the executive, which nominated him, the DSS, sent two reports to the Senate in which it categorically stated that Magu failed the integrity test, that his confirmation would shackle the EFCC from effectively tackling corruption in the country and hampering the anti-corruption drive of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration,” Saraki said.
The former senate president alleged that Magu visited him sometime in 2016 to beg him to ensure that he was confirmed.
Dr. Saraki however noted that he explained to Magu that the Department of State Services (DSS) then under the leadership of Lawal Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s relation, had accused him of corruption and unfit to hold the office.
Read what Saraki wrote to the High Court CJ, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati in parts;
“Mr. Magu after his nomination, came to see me pleading that I should do my best to help him during the screening process. During that meeting, I made it clear that I had no objection to his nomination and revealed to him, in confidence, that he needed to clear himself with the DSS because the report on him was unfavourable.
“In fact, I bent backwards to let him read the content of the indicting security report submitted on him. Also, I decided to delay the screening to give him ample time to get the DSS to change the report. As it eventually turned out, he was unable to get the adverse DSS report reversed.”
Saraki’s trouble started following his emergence as President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2015. His party, the APC, had chose Senator Ahmed Lawan, the incumbent Senate President.
Saraki however made a deal with his former colleagues in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to emerge the number 3 man, giving the PDP the Deputy Senate President position.
David Chima is the Group Head (Editors) at Naija Buzz News. He is a very experienced Journalist. He studied Mass Communication at the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic Zaria, Kaduna State, before proceeding for Advanced Studies in Mass Communication (Journalism) at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Bauchi State. He previously served as the Head Senior Reporters and Publishers at 1Push.Ng and eventually Naija Buzz News. Chima is a lover of football and a very strong supporter of Barcelona Football Club Spain.