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The Media Office of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has denied that former Senate president was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The Media Aide Yusuph Olaniyonu in a statement released on Saturday however said his boss went to the EFCC office on his own volition to.homour an invitation .
Olaniyonu added that Saraki who was at the EFCC office to clarify issue that the commission may have wanted to raise with him , had been released and is at his residence .
The commission on Saturday quizzed the former Senate president over alleged misappropriation of public funds and money laundering.
Saraki, 58, was Senate President between 2015 and 2019. He also governed Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.
A senior official at the EFCC had confirmed the development, stating that the former Kwara State governor was invited to shed light on some shady financial dealings.
PLATFORM TIMES had gathered that
Saraki, who arrived at the EFCC office around 2pm was reportedly interrogated for hours by detectives over alleged involvement in misappropriation of billions of naira while he was governor.
Details of the allegations against him were sketchy but it was said to be in connection with contracts awarded during his tenure in office.
While clarifying the issue , the media aide of Saraki said Saraki was at the EFCC on Saturday .
Olaniyonu in the statement he signed said “the Media Office of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki would like to confirm that this afternoon, of his own volition, Dr. Saraki visited the office of the EFCC to clarify any issue that the commission may have wanted to raise with him. He was never arrested and is at home right now.
“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.
“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, therefore, visited the commission’s office this afternoon(Saturday) 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.”