The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission[EFCC] in a letter signed by the Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar ask the Clerk of the Senate, to present receipts, cash books and documents of the contracts of the Office of the President of the 8th Senate led by Bukola Saraki.
In the letter with reference number CR: 3000/EFCC/ABJ/CMU/SAK/Vol1/168, the commission asked the clerk to also attach any other information that might assist the anti-graft agency in its investigation.
The commission is investigating a case of conspiracy, stealing and money laundering in which the need to obtain certain clarification in respect of transaction carried out in the above mentioned office has become imperative.
The letter titled, ‘Investigation activities. Re: Office of the President of the Senate, read in part,
The letter, it was learnt, was what prompted Saraki to approach the Federal High Court, Abuja, claiming his human rights were being abused.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in turn, granted an ex parte order restraining the commission and five other agencies of the Federal Government from continuing the investigations into certain corruption allegations against Saraki.
Saraki, who was the Chairman of the 8th National Assembly, said the acting EFCC boss had since been harrassing him.
He said the DSS sent two reports against Magu and it was the belief of the agency that confirming the nomination of such a man would be inimical to the war against corruption.
The former Senate President said in a letter addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, that the bureaucracy of the National Assembly was in charge of approving contracts and not the office of the Senate President.
Saraki said, the presiding officers or the political leadership does not handle contract awards or financial matters of the federal legislature. The bureaucracy, that is the body we call National Assembly Management, does.
In his own letter, Saraki said the EFCC was after him because Magu believed he had a hand in the refusal of the 8th Senate to confirm his appointment.
He claimed Magu visited him in 2016 and begged him to ensure that he was confirmed by the upper legislative chamber.
Whereas the reason for his appointment was not confirmed is all too familiar: an agency of the executive, which nominated him, the DSS, sent two reports to the Senate in which it categorically stated that Magu failed the integrity test, that his confirmation would shackle the EFCC from effectively tackling corruption in the country and hampering the anti-corruption drive of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.”
He said it was in a bid to ensure transparency that the Senate allowed Magu’s screening to be aired live on television.
He said it was funny that of all the agencies which were restrained by the court, it was only the EFCC that was attacking a judicial officer for doing his job among the six defendants.