Former senate president Bukola Saraki has denied having any media war with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
According to Saraki, he’s rather the one facing a media onslaught from EFCC.
He made this known in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.
The statement reads:
“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 surprised how Saraki’s response written early May found its way into a newspaper last Sunday.
“Saraki believes he is on firm ground on the points of law and has nothing to be afraid of. He is innocent of the charges.
“We need to reiterate that Dr. Saraki is not interested in obstructing any investigation by the EFCC or any security agency,” he stated, pointing out that the anti-graft body would be embarking on a wild goose chase by claiming that it was investigating the Office of the Senate President between 2015 and 2019.
“These are functions of the bureaucracy of the National Assembly, otherwise known as the National Assembly Management.”
“All the issues the EFCC is presently raising on its persistent probe of the tenure of Saraki as governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011 are the same issues that are contained in four of the charges filed before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and taken before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
“The CCT case went beyond the subject matter of asset declaration. They raised issues about the assets, how and when they were acquired, sources of their funding and banking transactions of Dr. Saraki.
“That is why we maintain that since the issues have been determined by the courts up to the Supreme Court, the EFCC is just on a persecution and smear campaign with its current investigations.
“However, in their desperation to nail Dr. Saraki, some of the charges that contained insinuations that Kwara funds were paid into accounts owned by him and companies in which he has interests were filed.
“Twice, the charges went before the highest court in the land and he was discharged and acquitted.”