Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said he is innocent of the allegations of fraud levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stating that the anti-graft agency are on a lost cause.
He also said he is not engaged in any media war with the agency.
The EFCC had in May marked some properties saying it believed Mr Saraki purchased them from the Presidential Implementation Committee for the Sale of Government Properties through shell companies, Premium times reports.
In a recent allegation, the EFCC also accused Mr Saraki of taking N12 billion from the treasury of the Kwara State Government while he was governor of the state between 2003 and 2011.
The commission said the money was withdrawn in cash.
The money, EFCC said, was allegedly used by Mr Saraki to offset the N1.36 billion bank loan he used in purchasing homes at 15, 15A, 17, 17A and four flats on Macdonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, hence, its decision to seize the properties.
The agency, in a statement on Sunday, said no amount of “media campaign” against its acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, will stop the prosecution of the former All Progressives Congress chieftain.
The spokesman of the commission, Tony Orilade, said:
“Mr Saraki seems to have chosen outside the shores of Nigeria as the launch pad of his campaign of calumny against the EFCC and its leadership.”
“We wish to state without any contradiction that the ongoing investigation against the former Senate president and other Politically-exposed Persons (PeP) are on course, while Saraki and his co-travellers will surely have their day in court shortly”
However, Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Monday denied engaging in any form of media war with the EFCC since the agency had no strong case against him.
Part of the statement read:
“We need to reiterate that Dr Saraki is not interested in obstructing any investigation by the EFCC or any security agency. While the EFCC claims that it is investigating the office of the Senate President between 2015 and 2019, we make bold to say it is just on a wild goose chase.
“That office has nothing to do with contract awards and handling of the finances of the National Assembly. These are functions of the bureaucracy of the National Assembly, otherwise known as the National Assembly Management.”
The statement maintained that Saraki had not engaged in any media war with the EFCC; rather, it claimed that Saraki had been at the receiving end of the media onslaught sponsored from the office of the EFCC.
It added “Various documents and court processes from the agency have been given to a particular newspaper for publication.
“In fact, while the EFCC distributed copies of its letter to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court immediately it was submitted, we are still surprise how Saraki’s response written early May found its way into a newspaper last Sunday.”
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