The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied that the investigation of Ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki was because the National Assembly under his leadership did not confirm the Acting Chairman of the anti-graft, Ibrahim Magu.
The EFCC in a statement released on Sunday by its spokesman, Tony Orilade, investigation of Saraki had nothing to do with the non-confirmation of Magu.
Naija Buzz News had published a profound report on Saraki’s recent investigation by the EFCC during his last days in office. We reported how the EFCC sealed some of his houses in Ikoyi, Lagos State. These houses were part of the properties listed in his case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which he won at the Supreme Court.
The former Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, however noted that Saraki’s acquittal at the apex court cannot stop his further investigation by the EFCC.
The EFCC also noted that Saraki need not to be worried as long as he has no skeleton in his cupboards.
There are insinuations that the sudden investigation of Saraki’s administration as Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011 is a desperate attempt by the EFCC to punish the Ex-Senate President for going against the All Progressives Congress-led government.
Saraki had recently in a statement to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, revealed that Magu had in 2016 begged him to ensure his confirmation by the National Assembly (as published on Naija Buzz News).
His letter to the High Court CJ came following the EFCC request against Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court who had ordered the anti-graft to stop the investigation of Saraki.
The EFCC in its response to Saraki however said; “We wish to state without any contradiction that Saraki and his co-travellers will surely have their day in court shortly.
“Let it be stated in unequivocal terms that the investigation of Saraki’s stewardship, whether as a former Senate President or as a former governor of Kwara State, has absolutely nothing to do with the non-confirmation of Magu as the substantive chairman of the EFCC.”
There is however a recent report alleging that the Ex-Senate President would be arraigned soon. According to Punch, an unidentified senior EFCC operative revealed that the anti-graft had seriously protested against Justice Taiwo’s restraining order before Chief Justice Kafarati, adding that no court order would stop Saraki’s arraignment.
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.