The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday interrogated Mrs Toyin Saraki, wife of the Senate President Bukola Saraki for about six hours over alleged corruption.
MrsSaraki was accompanied by five senators and 20 House of Reps members, including the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly Ali Ahmad.
The senators included Dino Maleye, Peter Nwaobosi, Abdul Abubakar, Binta Mashin and Isa Misau. They all arrived EFCC headquarters at 12.30 pm where MrsSaraki was grilled by EFCC officials over alleged fraud charges released to go home.She’s wasexpected back there today by 10am.
MrsSaraki later released a statement via her private secretary Hakeem Olagoje, saying she had surrendered herself to the EFCC in line with her believe in transparency and accountability.
The statement read:
“As a citizen with the utmost respect for the highest standards of transparency and democratic accountability, Mrs. ToyinSaraki visited the EFCC today as per their invitation. Mrs. Saraki made herself available to assist the commission wholeheartedly with any lawful enquiry they may have. Following today’s visit, MrsSaraki will continue to cooperate fully with the EFCC and hopes for a prompt and positive resolution in satisfaction of this enquiry.”
“Having placed an emphasis on the importance of accountability, transparency and diligent reporting, Mrs. Saraki maintains that she has always operated within the law and to the highest standards of global compliance in all of her activities.
“Mrs. Saraki reaffirmed her willingness to assist the EFCC and expects that the spirit of this enquiry will follow the global standards and principles of open democracy, transparency and impartially that the EFCC and other similar organisations around the world are founded upon.
“Mrs. Saraki looks forward to drawing a line under the matter and continuing in her global advocacy on maternal, newborn and child health.”
MrsSaraki had been accused by the EFCC of an alleged involvement in a multi-million Naira misappropriation of bank loan and laundering of funds from the Kwara State Government while her husband served as the Governor of the state.
Senators of a group called ‘Like Minds’ in a statement signed by Senator Dino Melaye, said although, they did not want to make any hasty conclusion, they were surprised that about five years after Senator Saraki left the Kwara State Government House, the EFCC suddenly realised the need to invite the wife for questioning.
They urged the Commission to perform its lawful duties without any form of external control.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in reaction, described the invitation of the wife of the Senate President, by EFCC as politically motivated.
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