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Saraki not arrested, only visited EFCC to clarify matters, says spokesman


Former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, was not arrested, he only paid the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission a visit to clarify some matters and had since returned home, his spokesman said.

The former Kwara State’s spokesman, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, said this in a statement on Saturday in reaction to media reports that his principal was in the custody of the EFCC.

Reports had made the rounds that Saraki was arrested and detained over misappropriation of public funds.

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The statement read in part, “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.

“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.

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“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.”

According to the statement, Saraki answered questions from the commission and has since returned home.

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“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,” the statement further read.