EFCC Grills Saraki’s Wife

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Oluwatoyin Saraki, wife of Bukola Saraki, president of the Senate was the guest of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, July 28, where she was interrogated for about six hours on alleged mismanagement of public funds traced to companies she has interest

OLUWATOYIN Saraki, wife of Bukola Saraki, Senate president, was grilled for about six hours by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, July 28.

The former first lady of Kwara State arrived at the EFCC headquarters at about noon in company of about 20 senators, members of the House of Representatives, wives of Kwara State commissioners and among others. But the team of supporters had to around the anti-graft headquarters while the interrogation lasted.

“For about six hours, our investigators interacted with her on some issues having to do with her tenure as the First Lady of Kwara State. She was calm and she responded to questions from the EFCC team. It was the first time she got to know why she was invited.

“We will not give you the details in order not to prejudice ongoing investigation,” a source close to the EFCC said.

Also on Tuesday, July 28, the EFCC interrogators invited Haliru Bello Mohammed, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Zainab Dakingari, former first lady of Kebbi State, who also happens to a daughter of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua, over alleged N2 billion contracts in the state.

But the appearance of the duo was brief. This was caused by Dakingari’s apparent ill-health. Sources said she looked frail and unhealthy.

Moved by her condition, the operatives of the EFCC granted a top civil servant to stand as surety for her while she was allowed to go home, pending the time she would be well enough for questioning.

The former first lady’s ill-health, however, affected the planned interrogation of Mohammed because the case being investigated involved both of them. “She is expected back after recovering from the ill-health. Actually, we were to interrogate her alongside the chairman of the BOT of the PDP, but we could not. The two people have questions to respond to on the award of some contracts in Kebbi State,” the source said.

— Jul 29, 2015 @ 11:50 GMT

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