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Saraki in EFCC custody over ‘money laundering’

By Our Correspondent



Bukola Saraki, former president of the senate, is currently in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), where he is being questioned over fresh allegations of money laundering and corruption.

An EFCC official, who confirmed the development to, said the former governor of Kwara was still in custody as of the time of this report.

He will be released tonight if he fulfils bail conditions.

The latest development comes days after the EFCC asked a federal high court to vacate an order restraining the commission from probing the former senate president.

Saraki has been accused of misappropriation of funds during his tenure as governor of Kwara — he governed Kwara between 2003 and 2011, before he proceeded to the senate.

In May 2019, a federal high court in Abuja had issued an order restraining the EFCC, Department of State Services (DSS), and other agencies from probing Saraki over allegations of money laundering.

But on July 14, 2021, the EFCC had asked a federal high court in Abuja to vacate the order restraining the commission from investigating the former senate president.

According to the EFCC, the order has prevented the commission “from performing its duty for about two years now”.

The matter is scheduled for October 7 for hearing.