EFCC Begins Fresh Probe Against Saraki

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly began a probe on the activities of Bukola Saraki, outgoing Senate President, when he was governor of Kwara state.

Mr Saraki before heading to the upper legislative chamber was governor of Kwara from 2003 to 20011.

The report of the recent probe published by Thisday Newspapers, said the anti-graft agency in a letter addressed to the permanent secretary, Kwara government house and dated April 26, directed the state government to release details of all of Saraki’s salaries, allowances, estacode and payments received as governor.

The letter signed by Isyaku Sharu, EFCC zonal head, said the top lawmaker is being probed over an alleged case of conspiracy, abuse of office, misappropriation of public funds, theft, and money laundering.

“In view of the above, you are kindly requested to furnish us with the full details of all his entitlements to include but not limited to emoluments, allowances, estacodes, other fringe benefits and severance package while he held sway as the Executive Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011,” the letter read.

“This request is made pursuant to Section 38 (1) & (2) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and Section 21 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act,” it added.

The probe comes less than a year after the supreme court cleared Saraki of allegations of false assets declaration instituted against him by the federal government.

The EFCC had testified against Saraki during the trial.