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PDP CRISIS: Saraki Denies Asking EFCC To Stop Probing Him

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Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki has denied asking the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) stop investigating him. This statement is contained in a press release issued and signed by Senator’s Special Assistant on Media and Advocacy, Bamikole Omishore October 3, 2013. 

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In the statement, Omishore debunks recent “speculation” in media that theKawu Baraje’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (know as new PDP)allegedly demanded the EFCC not to probe Saraki.

“We would like to categorically put on record that this allegation is utterly false and at no time did Senator Saraki personally or through anyone else ask that the EFCC be influenced to stop any investigation into him,” the statement reads in part.

Omishore further assured that Senator Saraki is “a law-abiding citizen” who strongly believes in the rule of law and open democratic accountability. Omishore supports the argument, recalling that under Saraki’s governorship, that laster from 2003 to 2011, Kwara became the first state to make its accounts open to public.

Besides, the statement reminds of other achievements brought about during Saraki’s governorship, such as “boasting an international airport, international pilot school, extensive road networks, community health insurance, the innovative Shonga Farms, and a robust and growing economy”, as well the fact that 90 per cent of the state has access to electricity, while the national average in 30 per cent.

Special Assistant also stresses that there had been several investigations, in 2006, 2010 and 2011, into Senator Sraki during his time in office, and “After each investigation the Senator always receives a clean bill of health.”

“Notably, most of the investigations have taken place after Senator Saraki raised issues of public concern, such as the mismanagement of the fuel subsidy, or when he was pursuing his presidential ambition.”

“The current investigations, by EFCC, which are based on two issues, one is the issue of SGBN which occurred over 12 years ago and the other during his time as Governor which ended over 2 and half years ago, point to questionable motivations for the investigations. In 2003/4, whilst Governor, Senator Saraki gave up his immunity to answer questions on SGBN and till date he is one of only two governors in the history of Nigeria to ever give up immunity, which shows his sincerity and willingness to always uphold the rule of law,” says Omishore.

The statement stressed that Saraki is of the belief that politicians and government “should not pull the EFCC or other agencies into the political arena, where the perception of their work might become questionable.” Instead, according to the statement, EFCC should be able to do their jobs independently, without any interference.

Lastly, Omishore stated that Senator Saraki, and the new PDP,will “continue to fight within the PDP, within the Senate” for justice in Nigeria, as well as for its social and economic prosperity.

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  1. donjeff

    October 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Saraki with all the wealth of experience you claimed to have,you don’t know that investigation doesn’t end,it can be reopened anytime you have new new evidences,so don’t try to bend the law & please allow EFCC to do their job.

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Thug attacks police station in Lagos, steals DPO’s uniform (Video)

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Thug attacks police station in Lagos, steals DPO’s uniform (Video)

Men of the Lagos Police Command have paraded a hoodlum who attacked and burnt a police station in the state, carting away the DPO’S uniform

 

The suspect was arrested while rocking the uniform of a DPO.

He was paraded before newsmen by the Lagos state police command today October 27.

Watch a video of him while being paraded along with others below:

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Burial arrangements of killed #EndSARS protester, Anthony Unuode, announced

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Burial arrangements of killed #EndSARS protester, Anthony Unuode, announced

The burial poster of an endSARS protester, Anthony Unuode,  who was attacked and stabbed to death by hoodlums in Abuja, has been released by his family members.

Unuode, who joined other Nigerians to protest against police brutality in Kubwa area of Abuja, was attacked and killed by hoodlums who hijacked the peaceful protest.

 

He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

He was 28 years old.

According to his obituary, Anthony who was 28 years, will be interred on October 30.

See his obituary below:

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Army denies shooting #EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate

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Army denies shooting #EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate

 

The Nigerian Army has denied allegations that it shot and killed peaceful end SARS protesters at Lekki toll plaza on October 20.

The denial was disclosed in a statement released by the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army (NA)

The Acting Director Army Public Relations (ADPR), Major Osoba Olaniyi, however, confirmed the involvement of soldiers in restoring order in Lagos following the imposition of a curfew on the state by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Read the statement below:

“The attention of Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to a viral video on social media in which it was alleged that civilian protesters were massacred by soldiers at Lekki Toll Plaza. This allegation is untrue, unfounded and aimed at causing anarchy in the country.

At no time did soldiers of the Nigerian Army open fire on any civilian. From the onset of the ENDSARS protest, there was no time personnel of 81 Division Nigerian Army Lagos were involved.

However, the decision to call in the military was taken by the Lagos State Government (LASG) after a 24- hour curfew was imposed.

This was as a result of the violence which led to several police stations being burnt, policemen killed, suspects in police custody released and weapons carted away.

The situation was fast degenerating into anarchy. It was at this point that LASG requested for the military to intervene in order to restore normalcy.

The intervention of the military followed all laid down procedures for Internal Security operations and all the soldiers involved acted within the confines of the Rules of Engagement (ROE) for Internal Security operations.

Finally, Headquarters 81 Division Nigerian Army reiterates Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities did not shoot at any civilian as there are glaring and convincing evidence to attest to this fact.

This allegation is the hand work of mischief makers who will stop at nothing to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army. The general public is hereby enjoined to discountenance this allegation as there is no iota of truth therein.”

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