Media and Publicity Department of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is unaware of the alleged sealing off of houses believed to belong to President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr. Tony Orilade, on Monday said his office was unaware of the issue.
“I have not been briefed; so, I don’t have any information on it,” he said.
Residential houses located in highbrow Ikoyi, Lagos were allegedly sealed off by the anti-graft agency.
Saraki had recently come under pressure from the anti-graft agency, who confirmed reports that it had opened a fresh investigation into Saraki’s stewardship as President of the Senate as well as a probe of his earnings as governor of Kwara from 2003 to 2011.
Reacting to the move, Saraki insisted that the action of the EFCC was a witch-hunt.
“Our attention has been drawn to the fact that the EFCC has marked certain property belonging to President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, obviously under the claim that they are subject of investigation.
“The action of the EFCC only reinforced our earlier stated position that their current investigation is mischievous, contrary to the tenets of the rule of law and only aimed at settling scores.
“This position is founded on the fact that these same buildings were the subject of earlier investigations by the EFCC as well as the case initiated by the Federal Government at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
“Also, the case went all the way to the highest court in our country, the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“In that case, Saraki was discharged and acquitted because the courts believe the government has no case.”
“The EFCC’s move to investigate him is a mere witch-hunt exercise, aimed at settling scores, laced with malicious and partisan motives,” Saraki’s Media Adviser, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, said in a statement.