Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has made a surprising revelation; that his recent legal issues are an attempt by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to witch-hunt him.
Saraki made this assertion on Monday, December 2.
Equally important, he was reacting to the order of a Federal High Court in Lagos; which held that he should forfeit his two houses in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The court ruling was a sequel to the prayer by the EFCC.
The anti-graft agency had implored the court to make the forfeiture of the houses; based on certain claims; they were built with fraud proceeds. Specifically, the charges involved when Saraki was the governor of Kwara State from 2003 and 2011.
However, in a swift rebuttal, Saraki through a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity; Yusuph Olaniyonu, also described the EFCC’s claim as outright falsehood.
“The fact is that the Ilorin property was built partly by the Kwara State Government pursuant to the Third Schedule of the Governor and Deputy Governor (Payment of Pension) Law 2010; while Dr Saraki personally funded the remaining cost of the building.
“One can only see that EFCC is playing politics and spreading falsehood; in its cheap attempt to witch-hunt and intimidate a perceived enemy,” the statement read in part.
According to Saraki, the EFCC “could not even hide its penchant for abusing the nation’s judicial institution; as it engaged in forum shopping when it filed a suit in Lagos on a property situated in Ilorin.”
The statement added, “We will like to restate our earlier position that Dr Saraki will contest this matter in court at least to further attest to his belief in the rule of law; the sanctity of the courts and their enduring readiness to do justice in all matters and to all persons.
“Let it be known that the usual claim by the EFCC; that its actions were directed against corrupt elements does not apply to Dr Saraki; because he is a man who at every point in his public service has sought to institute transparency and accountability in governance.”