EFCC Grills Saraki…The Diezani Alison-Madueke Connection
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission yesterday took in former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki the former governor and interrogated him for over eight hours over what the commission described as a case of fraud involving the Senator.
Abusidiqu.com had barely two weeks ago how the commission in desperate battle for survival has launched a manhunt for as the first step in a definite plot against opposition party leaders.
The Commission had through a letter of invitation, signed by its Director of Operations, Olaolu Adegbite and dated July 25, 2013 with reference No. CR: 3000/EFCC/ABJ/EG/VOL.12/97 and routed through the Clerk of the National Assembly summoned Saraki for questioning. The letter with the heading “Investigation Activities on Senator Bukola Saraki”, reads in part: “The EFCC is investigating a case of fraud involving the above Distinguished Senator. We accordingly seek your kind assistance to release him to report to the undersigned at Idiagbon House, No 5 Fomella Street, Wuse 2, Abuja at 10 am on July 31, 2013 in furtherance of the investigation.”
It was learnt that the Commission’s Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde had initiated the process and disappeared to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj. Before his trip, Lamorde and Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke had met and agreed on how to deal with Saraki. Diezani’s grouse with the former governor was that he was behind the motion in the Senate that eventually led to the famous oil subsidy probe and the on-going trial of some oil thieves with ties to the Petroleum Minister.
An insider revealed that Diezani has since never been comfortable with Saraki still walking a free man because of her fear that she doesn’t know the volume of information still available to Saraki on her numerous oil deals. According to a top EFCC source, this explains why the agency has nothing concrete to interrogate Saraki about other than the loans and bonds he collected during his eight-year tenure as a governor and the failure of Societe Generale Bank, a defunct bank owned by the senator’s father, late Dr Olusola Saraki.
The senator has however been released and asked to report for further interrogation on Tuesday.
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