Saraki in our custody, says EFCC; Saraki is at home, Saraki’s media aide

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

Mr Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson of the commission, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) 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 the continuation of interrogation.

Meanwhile, the embattled former senate president has declared that he has nothing to hide, saying he is ready to cooperate with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Speaking through his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki countered that he was never arrested but visited the EFCC on his own volition.

The statement reads: “The Media Office of Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki would like to confirm that this afternoon, on 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.

“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 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”.

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