EFCC arrests Saraki over corruption allegations

Bukola Saraki

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested former Senate President Bukola Saraki over allegations of theft and money laundering while he was governor of Kwara State.

Leadership reports that Mr. Saraki was arrested in Abuja on Saturday afternoon shortly attending a wedding ceremony of a daughter of one of his loyalists and Third Republic Kwara State governor, Senator Shaba Lafiagi.

Saraki was Kwara governor from 2003 to 2011 before proceeding to the Senate which he led from 2015 to 2019.

As senate president, the 58-year-old spent a considerable time facing allegations of corruption and false declaration of assets. He was acquitted by the Supreme Court in June 2018.

However, in his new case with the EFCC, PREMIUM TIMES reports, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain is to answer questions over alleged theft and laundering of public funds using a network of cronies and proxy companies.

The suspected proxies, who executed purported contracts for Kwara State under Saraki, allegedly made returns, for many years to the former governor.