The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday said Senate President Bukola Saraki is not above the law or investigation by the anti-graft agency. A statement from acting EFCC spokesperson Tony Orilade said the former Governor of Kwara state and senate president has no need to worry as long as he has no skeletons in his cupboard.
He said the EFCC has taken note of the reactions of Saraki to the commission’s inquiries regarding his earnings as Kwara state governor as well as on the quality of his financial stewardship in the Senate. Saraki, on Tuesday in a statement by his spokesperson Yusuph Olaniyonu asked the EFCC to stop the witch-hunt against him.
Saraki was reacting to EFCC’s letter to the Kwara State Government demanding details of salaries, allowances, estacode or any other entitlement enjoyed by the Senate President during his tenure as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011. Orilade yesterday said of Saraki’s statement, that whilst it is his prerogative to state his views on the matter, the Commission takes exception to attempt to smear its investigative activities by portraying Saraki as a victim of persecution. He said, “the agency finds the attempt by the senate president to tie our inquest to his International Human Rights Commission, IHRC appointment and his approaching life out of power as misleading.” Orilade said Saraki knows that the background to EFCC current inquiries stretch several years back. He added that “The EFCC is obligated by law to enthrone probity and accountability in the governance space and has supremely pursued this duty without ill-will or malice against anyone.”