From FRED ITUA, Abuja
After weeks of hide and seek game, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday quizzed former governor of Kwara State, now Senator Bukola Saraki over alleged fraud while in office and as executive director in the defunct Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria (SGBN).
Confirming Saraki’s presence at the commission’s headquarters, the spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said the senator, representing Kwara Central, reported at the EFCC in the early hours of yesterday.
“He came to the commission in the early hours of today (yesterday). He reported here on his own. He has made a statement and is talking to our team of interrogators,” Uwujaren said.
Daily Sun, however, gathered that the former governor had been released.
Clearing the air on why it took the commission over two years to investigate Saraki’s tenure in office as governor, Uwujaren said: “Investigation is not time-bound. It is when you are sure of what you have before you that can effect any arrest or invite an accused person.”
He said Saraki’s arrest had no political undertone. “EFCC is an agency of the Federal Government. We are not affiliated to any political party and our operations are non-partisan. I can tell you that this case has nothing to do with politics. We are working based on the evidences we had gathered,” Uwujaren argued.
EFCC had vowed a fortnight ago that the commission would use every means possible under the law to compel Saraki to appear before it after his denial of ever receiving any letter of invitation from the anti-graft agency.
Uwujaren had told Daily Sun that Senator Saraki was invited through the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly by a letter dated July 25, 2015, noting that Saraki was to report at Idiagbon House by 10am on Wednesday July 31, but did not honour the invitation.
“The senator has eight major matters pending before the EFCC and the commission will use all means within the ambit of the law to compel him to honour the invitation,” he said.