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Crimes commission arrests, detains Saraki over alleged money laundering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed arrest and detention of the former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki over allegations of corruption and money laundering.

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Penpushing reports that, Head Media and Publicity of the agency Wilson Uwujaren confirmed this on Saturday, adding that the former Senate President was currently in the custody of the commission for continuation of interrogation

The arrest and detention of Saraki, sources said has to do with his new case with the commission  and he is to answer questions over alleged theft and laundering of public funds using a network of cronies and proxy companies.

Penpushing further reports that, the arrest and detention of Saraki , a former Governor of Kwara State, a family source said may be another round of trouble for the former Senate President, whose late father Olusola Saraki was Senate leader

The  detained politician, as Senate President between 2015 and 2019,  spent a considerable time facing allegations of corruption and false declaration of assets, bur was  acquitted by the Supreme Court in June 2018.

Penpushing also  reports that media aide of the former Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu in a statement confirmed the development saying his principal on his own volition visited the office of the commission to clarify any issue that the commission may want to raise with him.

‘The Media Office of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki will like to confirm that this afternoon, Dr. Saraki on his own volition visited the office of the EFCC to clarify any issue that the commission may want to raise with him’, Olaniyonu said.

‘It will be recalled that following the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the Fundamental Human Rights case filed by Dr. Saraki during the period of the former chairman of the EFCC which precluded the commission from investigating him until the matter is dispensed with, the commission at the last hearing on July 14, 2021, pleaded with the judge that the order was preventing them from doing their job’, he wrote.

‘Following this complaint, Dr. Saraki, as a responsible citizen, on his own volition approached the commission that at the earliest convenient date, he was willing to visit the commission’s office and clarify all issues they might want to raise with him’, he added.

‘He, therefore, visited the commission’s office this afternoon and answered some questions. He is back home. He was not arrested. Dr. Saraki also assured the commission that he has nothing to hide and will always make himself available to clear all issues that may require his attention’, Olaniyonu stated.

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