by Azeez Adeniyi
The Department of State Service (DSS) has cleared Senate President, Bukola Saraki of the ownership of N310 million allegedly stolen from his Maitama home.
According to the DSS, the cash did not belong to Saraki or any member of the National Assembly.
It accused its dismissed staff, who is now standing trial for armed robbery, Abdulrasheed Maigari, of trying to fabricate a lie for a hidden motive.
Maigari, a former DSS operative had claimed he and others connived to steal the huge cash from the Senate President’s home when they were working as security operatives in his house.
A top DSS source said Maigari’s claim was proven false.
The DSS said, “The story making the rounds that the N310 million belonging to the Senate President was stolen in 2015 is a malicious falsehood. From our investigation, the money in question did not belong to the senate President or any member of the National Assembly for that matter.
”The investigation conducted by the DSS and the confessional statement made by Abdulrasheed Maigari, a suspect in the case, did not support this claim at all.
”Maigari’s recent claim in the media is nothing but a made up story to achieve a hidden motive. The fact that Maigari, who is currently standing trial for an armed robbery case, could make up such a false claim is a further indication of how criminally minded he is.”