The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun a fresh probe against Senate President Bukola Saraki over allegations of money laundering, according to latest reports.
Saraki, who was governor of the state between 2003 and 2011 before heading to the Senate is being investigated for his earnings during his time as governor of Kwara state, ThisDay reports.
The EFCC said it is investigating Saraki over “an alleged case of conspiracy, abuse of office, misappropriation of public funds, theft, and money laundering” involving him, in a letter quoted by This Day.
The letter signed by Isyaku Sharu, EFCC zonal head, was reportedly addressed to the Kwara state government House on April 26th, directing it to release details of all of the salaries, allowances, estacode, and payments, Saraki received as governor.
The letter reads thus:
“In view of the above, you are kindly requested to furnish us with the full details of all his entitlements to include but not limited to emoluments, allowances, estacodes, other fringe benefits, and severance package while he held sway as the Executive Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.
“This request is made pursuant to Section 38 (1) & (2) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and Section 21 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act.”
Saraki had earlier appeared at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT in a case filed against him by the federal government over allegations of false assets declaration — A case wherein the EFCC testified against him during the trial.
Saraki was however cleared in that case.