- Saraki says the investigation by EFCC is being used to settle political scores.
- Says the same these buildings were the subject of earlier investigations by the EFCC.
Senate President Bukola Saraki has decried the seizure of his residential houses in highbrow Ikoyi, Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), saying the investigation by the anti-corruption agency is mischievous and contrary to the tenets of the rule of law.
This is a reaction from the number three citizen after it was reported that houses allegedly owned by him were recently reported to have been sealed off by the EFCC.
Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki’s Special Adviser on media, who in a statement said obviously under the claim that the sealed properties are subject of investigation, added that the action of the anti-graft agency only reinforced the Senate president’s earlier stated position that the 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.
Olaniyonu also stated that the said case also went all the way to the highest court in our country, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, in which Saraki was discharged and acquitted because the courts believe the government has no case.
”Last week the Senate President told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop witch-hunt against him, saying the EFCC’s moves to investigate him ‘is a mere witch-hunt exercise, aimed at settling scores, laced with malicious and partisan motives.’,” he stated.