No Plans To Arrest Saraki Over Paris Club Refund – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it has no
plans to arrest the senate president, Abubakar Bukola Saraki over
Paris Club refunds.

A statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren, head of media and publicity on
3rd March, 2017, the commission said its attention has been drawn to a
story entitled, ‘Theft of Paris Club Refund: Saraki Claimed He
Borrowed N5b from Dangote to Fund Buhari’s Election’, which appeared
in the online news portal of Saharareporters today Friday March 3,
2017.

“The report quoting an unnamed EFCC agent claims that senate
president, Bukola Saraki and some state governors embezzled billions
of Naira from the London/ Paris Club refund.”

“Specifically, it alleges that Mr. Saraki received about N3.5billion
from the so-called slush fund, and colluded with some governors to
launder N5 billion out of the funds to multi-billionaire businessman,
Aliko Dangote, ostensibly as refund for supporting the campaign of
President Muhammadu Buhari.”
“The Commission wishes to dissociate itself from the report as no
official of the EFCC was authorized to speak with Saharareporters on
the said story or on any issue affecting the investigation of the
Paris Club refund.”

“The Commission had previously issued a statement that its
investigation is at a preliminary stage, and promised to brief the
media subsequently. But it seems a section of the press is impatient
and will pre-empt the investigation with spurious claims.

“Anyone familiar with the operations of the EFCC would know that it is
not the standard procedure for the Commission to give prior notices or
make announcements ahead of the arrest of suspects. It is also not the
EFCC’s style to obtain presidential directive before an arrest is
made,” the statement said.
For the umpteenth time, the EFCC wishes to implore the media to be
circumspect and confirm their reports before publication as no useful
purpose is served in publishing inaccurate information that ends up
scandalizing individuals and jeopardizing ongoing investigations. ELANZANEWS.M

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