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UPDATE! EFCC denies sealing Saraki’s Lagos houses

Following earlier reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) sealed off houses in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State belonging to Senate President Bukola Saraki, the anti-graft agency has said that it was unaware of the sealing of multiple residential properties allegedly purchased using state funds when he was governor of Kwara State.

Unconfirmed reports which emerged yesterday, May 11, 2019, had it that aside sealing off the properties, the residents/occupants were directed to report to the commission’s zonal office along Awolowo Road, Ikoyi tomorrow, Monday, May 13, 2019. A certain Mohammed Rabo signed the letter of invitation.

When The Guardian contacted the acting Head, Media and Publicity of the Commission, Toni Orilade, he said, “I don’t know about the sealing of property belonging to the Senate President because I have not been briefed on any such development.”

On whether Saraki was still being investigative, Orilade answered in the affirmative.

Last week, the commission said it had opened a fresh investigation into Saraki’s stewardship as Senate President, as well as a probe of his earnings as Kwara State’s helmsman between 2003 and 2011.

Meanwhile, Saraki’s media team said the latest affront by the EFCC is the height of mischief aimed at settling scores.

A statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the Senate President said: “Our attention has been drawn to the fact that the EFCC has marked certain property belonging to Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, obviously under the claim that they are subjects of investigation.”