that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has held a former president of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, in custody over allegations of theft and money laundering, it has been discovered that the former senate president just left a wedding ceremony.
Bukola Saraki, a former Kwara State governor, was reportedly detained on Saturday.
Premium Times reports that in his new case with the EFCC, Saraki is to answer questions over alleged theft and laundering of public funds using a network of cronies and proxy companies.
The suspected proxies, who executed purported contracts for Kwara State under Saraki, allegedly made returns, for many years, to the former governor, forming an organised network of dirty money flow.
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The funds involved were huge, running into hundreds of millions in naira and hundreds of thousands in foreign currencies at various times, sources said.
It was learnt that the anti-graft investigators had obtained a list of the proxy companies involved and analysed a pattern of suspicious transactions between them and Senator Saraki.
According to the report, one of them has been reportedly responsible for funding Saraki’s lifestyle, including paying over a hundred million to settle the bills for rent and renovation of Saraki’s Maitama residence, investigation showed, based on interviews with persons familiar with the property.
However, franktalknow learnt that Saraki was at the wedding of the daughter of Senator Shaba Lafiagi, Fatima, and her groom, Haliru on Saturday afternoon.
The event held at the Blue Velvet Marque, in Wusw=e Zone 4, Abuja.
The former senate president attended a wedding ceremony today and just returned from the party. Also at the wedding were former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso and former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu.
When contacted, the media aide to the former senate president, Yusuf Olaniyonu, refuted the report.
He simply said, “The report is not true.”