The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it is digging into Senate President Bukola Saraki past, dating back to 2003 when he was elected governor of Kwara State.
The EFCC announced this in a Facebook post, saying it is probing Saraki not because of his new appointment as the ambassador at large by the International Human Rights Commission.
The commission it has written a letter to the Kwara State Government requesting information on all of Saraki’s earnings during his tenure from 2003 to 2011.
The post partly read, “For the avoidance of doubt, an investigation into the Senate President’s activities while he held sway as the governor of Kwara State started long before his nomination and emergence as IHRC ambassador.
“In fact, the commission’s letter to the Kwara State Government House which sought an inquest into Saraki’s earnings as the state governor, from 2003 to 2011 was dated Friday, April 26, 2019, predating his announcement as IHRC ambassador at large which came on Sunday, April 28, 2019, with two clear days.
“We wish to restate our resolve to resist distractions from any quarter in our efforts to rid the country of corruption and corrupt elements.
The EFCC did not give any reason for this far-reaching probe and said that the probe is not political, but Mr. Saraki, as senate president had refused to confirm Ibrahim Magu, EFCC subtantive chairman. He has been in acting capacity since his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Many Saraki’s aides have also either been arraigned or are facing probe by the EFCC.