Saraki: EFCC confirms arrest of former Senate President on fraud allegations

Saraki: EFCC confirms arrest of former Senate President on fraud allegations

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday, July 31, in Abuja, confirmed the arrest and detention of the former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

Mr Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson of the EFCC, confirmed that Saraki was invited for questioning over allegations of corruption and money laundering.

He said the former senate president was currently in the custody of the commission for a continuation of interrogation.

The invitation and detention of Saraki for interrogation was happening days after a former Nasarawa State Gov. Tanko Al-Makura and his wife, Mairo, were invited and interrogated.

The commission had invited Al-Makura and the wife; over alleged breach of public trust and misappropriation of billions of naira by his administration

As Senate president between 2015 and 2019, Saraki spent considerable time facing allegations of corruption and false declaration of assets. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court in June 2018.

However, in his new case with the EFCC, Saraki is to answer questions over alleged theft; and also laundering of public funds using a network of cronies and proxy companies.

The suspected proxies, who executed purported contracts for Kwara State under Saraki; allegedly made returns, for many years, to the former governor, forming an organised network of dirty money flow.

The funds involved were huge, running into hundreds of millions in naira; as well as hundreds of thousands in foreign currencies at various times, sources said.

Meanwhile, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Saturday, July 31; threatened to suspend the supply and distribution of products within its designated Eastern zone effective Monday.

This warning was contained in a circular signed by the IPMAN national president, Alhaji Sanusi Fari, who noted this is against the backdrop of alleged harassment of its members by the police.

Depots to which IPMAN supplies products in its designated Eastern zone include Aba, Calabar, Enugu, Makurdi, as well as Port Harcourt.

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The statement reads, “Following the series of unwarranted attacks by the police against IPMAN, Eastern Zone; comprising the National Executive Committee of IPMAN resolved that members withdraw their services at these units/depots immediately until further notice.

“The Zonal Chairman, East, should kindly forward (the notice) to chairmen, IPMAN, Aba, Calabar, Enugu, Makurdi as well as PH Depots/Units for compliance,” it stated.



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