The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has embarked on a fresh move to investigate the earnings of Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Senate President, while he was the Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.
EFCC stated that it is investigating Saraki for an alleged case of conspiracy, abuse of office, misappropriation of public funds, theft, and money laundering.
In a letter to the Kwara State government, the anti-graft agency demanded to be furnished with a breakdown of Saraki’s income, as well as his entitlements as Governor of the state.
The letter signed by Isyaku Sharu, the EFCC Zonal Head, reads:
“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 has been enmeshed in different corruption cases both in the country and internationally, together with his wife’s activities, detailed in the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, a global investigation revealing top corrupt office holders in the world.