THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said yesterday that it would not go back on its probe of the tenure of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki when he was the governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.
Making this known in a statement in Abuja by its Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Tony Orilade, the commission maintained that it would conduct a legitimate forensic inquiry into Saraki’s tenure as a governor, adding that it has a sacred mandate to rid the country of corruption no matter whose ox is gored and that Saraki has no need to fret as long as he has no skeletons in his cupboard.
According to the statement, “The 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.
“While it is his prerogative to ventilate his views on the matter as he deems fit, the commission takes great 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…”
The commission in a letter of April 26, 2019 wrote the Kwara State Government demanding some information on Saraki’s earnings as the state governor.