Paris Club fraud: EFCC to invite Saraki’s aides, others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will soon arrest aides of Senate President Bukola Saraki linked to the alleged diversion of N19bn out of N522bn Paris Club loan refund, Punch reports.

The EFCC in a report to President Muhammadu Buhari had claimed N3.5bn was traced to Saraki and some of his aides.

The agency named a

ormer Managing Director of Saraki’s family defunct bank, Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, who is the current boss of Melrose General Services Limited, Mr. Robert Mbonu; and the Relationship Manager to the Senate President in Access Bank, Kathleen Erhimu.

The Senate President’s aides including Deputy Chief of Staff, Gbenga Makanjuola; Mr. Kolawole Shittu, Obiora Amobi and Oladapo Idowu were also fingered.

A source said the commission may soon invite any of them or arrest them based on the outcome of the investigation.

He said, “We can arrest any of the indicted persons anytime. The fact that we submitted a report to the Presidency doesn’t mean we are waiting on the President for the next line of action.

“We only submitted the report to intimate the President with the development and current investigation. It is a normal practice.”

Another source from the presidency has also said the president is yet to take a decision on the report.

“You should know the President’s style by now. He will not rush into taking a decision. He will weigh all options before a decision will be taken,” he said.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said he does not have details on the matter.

“I don’t have any information on the matter. Be assured that once I have information on it, it will be communicated,” Adesina said.

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