If You Have No Skeletons In Your Cupboard Don’t Fret, EFCC Replies Saraki
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has advised Bukola Saraki, outgoing Senate President, not to fret if he has no skeletons in his cupboard.
The EFCC stated this in response to allegation of Mr Saraki that he was being witch-hunted by the anti-graft agency.
The commission had recently embarked on probing the financial earnings of the top lawmaker when he held sway as governor of Kwara State.
POLITICS TIMES understands another probe was instituted last week by the anti-graft commission investigating his financial earnings at the upper legislative chamber.
Accusing the EFCC of witch-hunting him, Saraki queried why he is the only former governor the commission is always interested in probing.
Replying him, the anti-graft commission urged the top lawmaker not to fret if he has not skeletons in his cupboard.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has taken note of the reactions of the Senate President, Dr Bukola 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,” the agency said in a statement published on its Facebook page.
“While it is his prerogative to ventilate his views on the matter as he deems fit, the Commission takes strong exception at the desperate attempt to cast a slur on its investigative activities by portraying Saraki as a victim of persecution.
“Furthermore, 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, knowing too well that the background to our current inquiries reaches several years back.
“For the avoidance of doubt, 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.
“It is in the interest of the public, and for Saraki’s personal good, that he is not only above board, but be seen at all times to be so.
“Indeed, all the instances in which the EFCC have had cause to sleuth into his financial activities either as a former governor or President of the Senate were driven by overarching public interest and due process of the law.
“Against the background of the posse of indicting petitions and other evidence available to the EFCC, even Saraki will agree with the Commission that putting him through a legitimate forensic inquiry is the legitimate route to establish his integrity as a public servant.
“The distinguished Senate President has no need to fret so long as he has no skeletons in his cupboard.
“The Commission has a sacred mandate to rid the country of corruption and corrupt elements and restates its unflinching resolve to achieve these, no matter whose ox is gored,” the statement added.