The speedy previous president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has been reportedly arrested by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) over allegations of theft and cash laundering.
Saraki was stated to be arrested in Abuja on Saturday afternoon shortly after attending a marriage ceremony of a daughter of considered one of his loyalists and the Third Republic Kwara State governor, Senator Shaba Lafiagi
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, was not reachable on the time of submitting this report.
An aide to the previous Senate President, nonetheless, denied the purported arrest of his principal.
“No fact in it”, the aide stated when requested if the previous senate president was arrested by the EFCC.
Sahara Reporters Saturday reported that former Kwara State governor was arrested after he was accused of utilizing a number of proxy firms to launder cash when he was governor.
The EFCC had, in 2019, stated it might probe Saraki’s earnings between 2003 and 2011 when he was governor of Kwara.
The fee was reported to have seized a few of his homes within the Ikoyi space of Lagos then.
However Saraki, on Might 10, 2019, filed two separate fits marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/507/19 and FHC/ABJ/CS/508/19 respectively earlier than Justice Taiwo Taiwo to problem the motion of the EFCC.
Justice Taiwo, who was the presiding decide, dominated on an ex parte utility filed together with the substantive fits and ordered the anti-corruption company and different 5 respondents to the fits to remain motion on the probe pending the listening to and willpower of the movement on discover filed by the applicant.
The courtroom had directed the events to keep up the established order by suspending the probe.
However the EFCC later utilized that the decide ought to recuse himself and the matter be transferred to a different courtroom.
Justice Taiwo despatched again the case file to the chief decide and the matter was reassigned to Justice Justice Anwuli Chikere for adjudication.
However when the matter got here up on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, the anti-graft company advised the courtroom that the motion of the previous Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has been hindering the company from probing him.
The EFCC stated Saraki continued to cover behind the order of the courtroom any time he’s invited, urged the courtroom to vacate the order.
Justice Chikere, noting that the courtroom trip was across the nook, adjourned the matter till October 7 for listening to.