SHOCKING: EFCC writes Buhari, indicts Saraki, aides for allegedly laundering over N3.5 billion

Bukola Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has furnished President Muhammadu Buhari with details of how the President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, and his aides allegedly laundered up to N3.5 billion from the Paris Club loan refund, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

The report, compiled by detectives in the anti-graft agency, followed months of investigation, and was submitted to the president on March 10, 2017, days before the senate rejected his nomination a second time, insiders at the presidency told this medium.

In the report, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, the EFCC narrated how Mr. Saraki, using his deputy chief of staff and other aides, laundered N3.5 billion that he allegedly received from the Paris Club loan refund to state governors.

The manner the Paris Club loan refund was spent by public officials has been a subject of nationwide controversy for several weeks, with EFCC hinting at some point that an investigation was underway.

But the governors pushed back against the allegations, describing the EFCC’s probe of the fund as “unwarranted attack on the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, its officials and associated entities.”

But in its report to the president, the EFCC detailed how Mr. Saraki, in 2016, introduced Gbenga Makanjuola, a former lawmaker who now serves as his deputy chief of staff, to Kathleen Erhimu, an Access Bank staff.

The EFCC identified Ms. Erhimu as Mr. Saraki’s relationship manager at Access Bank.

Mr. Makanjuola would later work with Robert Mbonu, a former managing director of Heritage Bank, whose firm, Melrose General Services Limited, was said to have served as consultant to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum.

In its March 10 correspondence, our sources said, the EFCC informed President Buhari that Mr. Mbonu received N3.5 billion in mid-December 2016, part of which was later transferred to accounts and persons linked to the senate president.

“A prima facie case of conspiracy to retain the proceeds of unlawful activities and money laundering contrary to Sections 15(3) and 18(9) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2004 can be established against the aforementioned suspects,” the EFCC told Mr. Buhari in the report.

“Additionally, investigation into their personal accounts is ongoing.”

The report could further complicate things for Mr. Saraki, who is already standing trial on separate charges of false declaration of assets since 2015.

Yusuf Olaniyonu, a spokesperson for Mr. Saraki, in his response said the allegations were false and were Mr. Magu’s way of fighting back after he was denied confirmation by the Senate. But the report was forwarded to the president on March 10, while the Senate rejected Mr. Magu’s nomination on March 15.

Mr. Makanjuola, did not respond to requests for comments.

The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, did not respond to requests for comments either.

Read excerpts of the EFCC damning findings below; and Mr. Saraki’s response below that.

“Mr. Robert Mbonu is alleged to have received the sum of N3.5billion into his company’s account(Melrose General Services Limited) from the NGF through Account 0005892453 domiciled in Access Bank.

“Investigation revealed that one Kathleen Erhimu is the Relationship Manager to Dr. Bukola Saraki’s account with Access Bank.

“That Saraki at a meeting introduced one Joseph Oladapo Idowu and Gbenga Peter Makanjuola to her and Hon. Makanjuola thereafter introduced Mr. Robert Mbonu to Ms Kathleen Erhimu.

“That Mbonu operates an account, Melrose General Services with Access Bank Plc 0005892453 and 0005653500 which was up till 13th December a business account.

“That Halima Kyari, the Head of Private Banking Group stated in a letter dated 13th December 2016, Mr. Robert Mbonu requested a transfer of Melrose General Services Company account from Business Account to a Private Banking Group Platform as he was expecting huge funds into the account.

“Subsequently, on the 14th December, the sum of N3.5 billion was lodged into Melrose General Services Company account number 0005892453 domiciled in Access Bank from the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).

“That thereafter Mr. Obiora Amobi and Hon. Gbenga Makanjuola were introduced to Access Bank as representatives of Melrose General Services Limited by Robert Mbonu to enable them cash withdrawals from the account.

“That Mr. Obiora Amobi and Gbenga Makanjuola made cash withdrawals of various tranches of N5million and N10million.

“That one Oluyemi Braithwaite, the MD/ CEO of Reinex Bureau de Change, Caddington Capital Limited and Westgate Limited also manages a BDC stated to have known Mbonu as a client and he requested for dollars in exchange for the Naira equivalent which were to be handed over to one Mr. Gbenga in Abuja.

“That Ms Oluyemi Braithwaite contacted one Hassan Dantani Abubakar, the owner of Hamma Procurement Limited, Ashrab Nigeria Limited and Insoire Solar Application to make available the dollars based on the Naira equivalent as transferred from Robert Mbonu who she had introduced via phone to Hassan Dantani.

“That on 16th December 2016, Melrose General Services transferred the sum of N246million to Hamma Procurement First Bank Accouny No. 2030756168 in exchange for the sum of $500,000 which was handed to one Mr. Gbenga in Abuja who acknowledged receipt of the same amount.

“That on the 21st Dec 2016, Ms Oluyemi Braithwaite contacted Hassan Dantani Abubakar requesting for another transaction of $370,000. Melrose General Services Company transferred the sum of N181m to Inspire Solar Application. The $370,000 was handed over to one Mr. Dapo in Abuja

“That on the 4th of January 2017, Mbonu through Melrose General Services Company transferred the sum of N248, 500,000 to Caddington Capital Limited belonging to Ms Oluyemi Braithwaite who transferred same to Hassan Dantani Abubakar’s FCMB account, Ashrab Nigeria Limited for the sum of $500,000. The dollar equivalent was handed over to Mr. Kolawole Shittu in Abuja

“That on the 10th of January 2017, Mr. Robert Mbonu through Melrose General Services Company transferred the sum of N99,820,000 to Caddington Capital Limited belonging to Ms. Oluyemi Braithwaite who transferred same to Hassan Dantani Abubakar’s FCMB Ashrab Nigeria Limited for the sum of $200,000. The dollar equivalent was handed over to one Mr. Peter in Abuja.

“That on the 19th December, there was a cash withdrawal of the sum of N50 million from Melrose General Services account via cheque by Hon. Gbenga Peter Makanjuola.

“Also, the sum of $1,570,000 was received by the trio of Mr. Gbenga Peter Makanjuola, Mr. Kolawole Shittu and Mr. Oladapo Joseph Idowu at various times and locations at Abuja FCT.

“That on the 29th December, 2016, Mr. Robert Mbonu called Mrs. Kathleen Erhimu of Access Bank requesting her to source for a customer that would have the sum of $500,000 in exchange for the Naira equivalent. She introduced Mr. Robert Mbonu to Acarast Commercial Limited and Capital Field Investment to help him source for dollars.

“That on the 21st December 2016, GCA Energy Limited paid the sum of $25,000 to Asterio Energy Services Limited which subsequently transferred the sum of $23,200 to Cactus Communication Limited account with Access Bank.

“The MD of Sought-After International Synergy Limited, Julius Okedele stated that Mr. Kelechi Edomobi of Acarast Commercial Enterprises contacted him and requested to purchase dollars after the transfer of N73,950,000 to Sought-After International Synergy Limited. Mr. Edomobi gave him the account number of Cactus Communication Limited Access Bank as the nominated account to receive the dollar equivalent of the sum of $149,000.

“Investigation further confirmed that Cactus Communication Limited is owned and operated by Joseph Oladapo Idowu, an aide to Bukola Saraki.

“That Mr. Kelechi Edomobi also transferred the sum of N1m on the 15th of January 2017 to Joseph Oladapo Idowu’s personal account number 0001679877 with Access Bank Plc.

“That Asterio Energy Services Limited on 21st and 22nd December 2016 transferred $100,000 and $85,000 to Bhaskar Devji Jewellers LLC in Dubai respectively the same company that Dr. Bukola Saraki repeatedly made transfer to from his Black Card Account.

“That Cactus Communication Limited on 30th December 2016 paid the sum of $59,,660.67 to Bhaskar Devji Jewellers LLC in Dubai .

“That Asterio Energy Services Limited on 20/1/2917, 30/1/2017 and 31/1/2017 transferred $46,000, $39,000 and $37,620 respectively to Cactus Communication Limited

“Based on the foregoing findings, it is clear that Robert Mbonu, the Managing Director of Melrose General Services Company and his company were used to help divert proceeds of unlawful activities under the guise of payment for contractual obligations with the Nigerian Governors Forum ( NGF).

“Suffice to apprise that all payments received by Melrose General Services Company from the NGF have hitherto been diverted directly via cash withdrawals and indirectly through transfers by Hon. Gbenga Peter Makanjuola, Kolawole Shittu and Oladapo Joseph Idowu who are principal aides of the Senate President.

“Furthermore, other payments from Melrose General Services Company has also been linked to companies that Dr. Bukola Saraki has interest in and carry out transactions with.

“This includes the sum of $183,000 which was transferred to Bhaska Devji Jewellers, Dubai, a company Dr. Bukola Saraki had repeatedly made payments to.

“Also, the sum of N200million was transferred to Wasp Networks Limited that subsequently transferred the sum of N170million to Xtract Energy Services Limited, a company that routinely made deposits into Dr. Bukola ‘s Access Bank United States Domicilliary Account.

“Mr. Bosun Ottun, the Managing Director of Xtract Energy Services, a company that deals in forex trading confirmed that Wasp Networks Limited transferred N170,000,00 on January 16, 2017, to Xtract Energy Services Ltd.’s FCMB account for the purchase of $350,000 which he later transferred into Wasp Networks Stanbic IBTC Bank United States Dollar domiciliary account.

“That Wasp Networks has returned to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recovered funds the sum of N200,000,000 paid to the company by Mr. Robert Mbonu.

“That Mr. Robert Mbonu through Melrose General Services Company paid N20,000,000 to Thebe Wellness Services.

“That Dr. Richardson A. Ajayi, the Managing Director of Thebe Wellness Services confirmed that N20,000,000 from Melrose General Services was a loan from Mr. Robert Mbonu which was to be used as an investment in the Thebe Wellness Services.

“That Thebe Wellness Services has returned to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission recovered funds the sum of N20,000,000 paid to the company by Mr. Robert Mbonu.

“Investigation also revealed that Acarast Commercial Enterprises was operated and owned by one Mr. Kelechi Edmobi who equally owned the following companies: Edmonton Commercial Services, Arcadian Energy Services Limited, Asterio Energy Services Limited.

“That Kelechi Edmobi uses the companies listed in xxxi above for foreign exchange transactions and bureau de change services.

“That Acarast Commercial received the sum of N92, 685, 000 from Melrose General Services on December 20, 2016 and paid the sum of N12, 000,000 to GCA Energy Limited, the sum of N73, 950,000 to Sought-After International Synergy Ltd. and N9, 500,000 to Vertice Solution Limited.

“$1, 570, 000 was also received from various Bureau de Change operators by the trio of Gbenga Peter Makanjuola, Mr. Kolawole Shittu, Mr. Oladapo Joseph at various locations at Abuja, FCT.

“That on December 29, 2016, Mr. Robert Mbonu called Mrs. Kathleen Erhimu of Access Bank requesting her to source for a customer that could have the sum of $500,000 USD in exchange for the naira equivalent. She introduced Mr. Robert Mbonu to Acarast Commercial Limited and Capital Field Investment Limited to help him source for the dollars.

“That Melrose General Services Company Limited through their Access Bank account transferred the sum of N248, 750,000 to Capital Field Investment Limited in exchange for a $500,000 USD which was later transferred by Capital Field Investment Limited to Mr. Michael Prest of Petrodel Resources Nevis Limited United States dollars domiciliary account in Lloyds Bank, United Kingdom.

“That Mr. Robert Mbonu stated that he transferred the funds to Mr. Michael Prest for him to bid for products which would be refunded if he was successful in the bid of crude oil product and there was no contractual agreement entered into by both parties. However, Mr. Michael Prest is a close friend to Dr. Bukola Saraki.

“That Mr. Robert Mbonu through Melrose General Services Company Limited Access Bank Account transferred N92, 685,000 to Acarast Communication Limited in exchange for a $183,000 USD which was later transferred to Bhaskar Devji Jewellers in Dubai for purchase of jewelleries.

“However, investigation revealed that Dr. Bukola Saraki from his United States dollars domiciliary black card account number: 0058931185 with Access Bank transferred the sum of $19,649.44 USD, $2, 817.86 USD and $19,725.02 USD on 23/09/13. 16/12/14 and 16/12/14, respectively, to Bhaskar Devji Jewellers in Dubai.

“That Mr. Robert Mbonu has not taken delivery of the jewelleries and couldn’t provide a date when the jewelleries he paid for would be delivered.

“That Mr. Robert Mbonu through Melrose General Services Company Limited Access Bank account transferred the sum of N200,000,000 to Wasp Networks Limited’s Stanbic IBTC Bank on January 11, 2017 for a purported investment in the company.

“That Wasp Networks Limited transferred the sum of N170,000,000 on January 16, 2017 to Xtract Energy Services Ltd.’s FCMB account.

“Investigations further revealed that prior to this transaction in xxii above, Xtract Energy Services Ltd. routinely made deposits into Dr. Bukola Saraki Access Bank United States dollar domiciliary account number: 0059429296 as follows: September 17, 2013, the sum of $80, 235.00, September 12, 2014, the sum of $96,930.00, November 18, 2014, the sum of $99,918.50 and December 19, 2014, the sum of $49,965, respectively.

“That Bosun Ottun further stated deposits into Dr. Bukola Saraki Access Bank United States Domiciliary Account Number: 0059429296 as follows: September 17, 2013, the sum of $80, 235.00, September 12, 2014, the sum of $96,930.00, November 18, 2014, the sum of $99,918.50 and December 19, 2014, the sum of $49,965 were brought to his company by Mr. Tunde Morakinyo who claimed that the funds were payments into Dr. Bukola Saraki’s card account.

“That as the above mentioned lodgments in xxiv are made from Xtract Energy Services into Dr. Bukola Saraki’s Access Bank United States dollar domiciliary account number: 0059429296, the proceeds were subsequently transferred to Dr. Bukola Saraki’s black card account number: 0058931185 for his bill settlement.

“A prima facie case of conspiracy to retain the proceeds of unlawful activities and money laundering contrary to Sections 15(3) and 18(9) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2004 can be established against the aforementioned suspects.

“Additionally, investigation into their personal accounts is ongoing.”

It is Mere Mudslinging Campaign, Says Saraki’s Aide

“Our attention has been drawn to the circulation of a report I the media said to have been leaked by the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu to some journalists where he made several allegations against Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, as it concerns the payment of the Paris Club Fund refund to the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).

“Let us first state that these allegations are not new. The EFCC had from the onset of its investigation into the Paris Club refund made attempts to drag in the name of Dr. Saraki and we have promptly denied any such involvement of the Senate President. In fact, the EFCC itself came out to deny the report as it then said it had nothing to indict the Senate President. The anti-graft agency said the investigation was still on-going then.  Yet, as at that time it had all these information it is now dishing out.

“It is obvious that at this point when Mr. Magu believes the Senate President should be blamed for his failure to secure confirmation as Chairman of EFCC by the Senate, he would want to fight back by cooking up reports and masterminding its leakage.  We maintain our stand that Dr. Saraki has no direct or indirect link to the distribution of the NGF money. No money from the Paris Club refund was paid to Dr. Saraki.

“In addressing the specifics of the allegation in the reports as we gathered from the press, EFCC believe that since the Senate President has worked in the same organisation with Mr. Robert Mbonu before, whatever transaction he is involved in should be linked to the Senate President in this era of mud-slinging and much-raking. We would like to say that Mr. Mbonu is not representing Mr. Saraki in any transaction he does with the NGF and no money from his company, Melrose, in his dealing with Nigeria Governors Forum came to Dr. Saraki either directly or indirectly. And if the EFCC has any information to the contrary, we challenge them to make it public.

“We state categorically that no aide of the Senate President acted on Saraki’s behalf in whatever they do with Mr. Mbonu.

“Again, If Melrose paid any money to a jeweller or any shop,  that has nothing to do with the Senate President. We believe Melrose must have the necessary documentation in support of their transaction and we are sure the EFCC is aware of all these.

“In the same vein, if Melrose chose to invest in another company, that decision has nothing to do with the Senate President and the act of drawing a link between Mbonu and Saraki can at best be only pure mischief.

“At this point, it should be noted that Xtract Energy Services Limited is a well known foreign exchange dealer with almost 15 years of existence in the market and the company is widely known to do business with many organisations in the country.  The last time the Senate President patronised the company was on December 19, 2014 and we challenge Mr. Magu and the EFCC to prove that the Senate President transacted any form of business with the foreign exchange dealer in the period of the payment of the Paris Club refund.

“We call on members of the public to view this concocted and leaked report as Mr. Magu’s form of fighting back. The report has no truth in it. It should be noted that the Senate President was not behind Magu’s failure to get confirmation from the Senate. That was democracy in action. Dr. Saraki is merely a presiding officer and first among equals. Dr. Saraki did not in any way interfere with the confirmation process.”


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  • Spoken word

    we all know there is a special place in hell being kept for saraki

    • Foreign News

      @disqus_IU5znOohb5:disqus

      “Toyin Ojora-Saraki, the wife of the president of the Nigerian Senate, is a business front
      for her husband, Bukola Saraki. According to documents retrieved from the Mossack Fonseca
      database (Panama) the assets in her name in tax havens are held in trust for Bukola (Saraki),
      Nigeria’s third most powerful official.

      Landfield International Developments
      a company registered in the British Virgin Islands on April 8, 2014 – had Toyin Ojora-Saraki
      as sole shareholder. But it is apparent that she was a front, because Bukola Saraki has since
      discreetly taken over the company using Longmeadow Holdings, another shell company
      registered in Jersey.

      To effect the take-over, a board meeting of Landfield was purportedly
      held on January 28 2015, where it was agreed that the company be sold to Bukola Saraki
      for more than £3-million. That same day, Toyin Ojora-Saraki wrote to Mossack Fonseca informing it
      that she was transferring the beneficial ownership of Landfield to Bukola Saraki and his company.”

      …………..Mail & Guardian

      [April 22nd, 2016]

    • Julius

      WE should’t even allow him going to hell. We should do him justice here on earth …on the street !

  • Isi Agwo

    Last kicks of a dying, childish Magu (or Mugu). Why is the supposed independent puppet sending cases to Buhari, who should be under EFCC’s watch like everyone else. This is the final acts of a shamelessly desperate clown who wants a job that he clearly does not measure up to.

    • Sam

      Really?

      The question is “Are those allegations true?” Magu or no Magu, crime is crime.

      Let’s be objective with our view of things and remove sentiment

      • iwe paul

        No convincing evidence in the public domain that they are true. Moreover,objectivity in a media trial is usually thrown overboard. It is one of the first things lost in a media trial. My final comment Saraki stopped being Governor 2011,6 years ago. What is he doing with Paris Club money? I think there is more to this story than meets the eye

        • OGK

          This is the same trial your principals are subjecting Magu to. What goes round comes around.

          • iwe paul

            I will ignore what you mean by ‘your principals’ because that’s not the issue. It is in this Nigeria we both live in that we here/see everything Magu’s EFCC does on the pages of newspapers,leaked memos and reports,usually gotten from ‘sources’ in EFCC. Truly,my dear,what goes around comes around. Can’t agree with you more.

  • AFRICANER

    This latest allegation reads like a childish vendetta made by someone whose confirmation was rejected or something.

    • Neo

      It looks like you have a little bit of a problem with comprehension!

      The article says the report was dated 10th of March (and probably received by the presidency on the same date) and that that show of shame in the Senate occurred on 15th March!!

      How is vendetta plausible here?

      • Julius

        lol…good point !

      • AFRICANER

        The lack of comprehension, direction and regard is actually on you, because you fail to notice the history or circumstance of the rejection. The question is not the report, but the rejection; the claimed date of the report is inconsequential.

  • MI

    Theirs nothing to mudsling of Bukola Saraki. The man stinks of corruption. People like Yusuf Olaniyonu, should care more about his own integrity than soiling his reputation defending the indefensible. God willing all the monies many of them stole over the years, they shall vomit it.
    For saraki, like it or not it’s a matter of time.

    • OGK

      Which integrity for Yusuf? All his life, he has been used to brown envelopes and free money as a journalist. Now, if he considers integrity how would he survive?

      • MI

        Thank you. Yusuf has this innocent rather naive looking face and thought to advise him. Saraki had a rough life in regards to integrity, from his days as bank CEO to date, his life is enmeshed in one scandal or the other. Trying to defend a person like him, means you either don’t know him too well or you are part of it.

  • Opekete

    I wish people who make comment on this forum will do so having in mind the sequence of events from the past to the present. It was alleged that some senators approached Magu with the offer of confirmation provided he will drop all the investigations against the senators and former governors the offers he (Magu) refused. Also from the article there are material facts that could lead to indictments in the Paris club refund saga that has been going on for a long time. I don’t think it makes any sense to link Magu’s rejection by the senate with the investigation except we are saying that Magu should stop functioning just because he was refused confirmation by the senate. Let EFCC complete its investigation after all Magu is not EFCC and EFCC is not Magu.

    • Eldorado Millenium

      Premium Times Editor,

      TAKING THE LETTER FROM EFFC and the denial by Bukola Saraki here into consideration there’s
      now one main issue to resolve; i.e:

      “In its March 10 correspondence, our sources said, the EFCC informed
      President Buhari that Mr. Mbonu received N3.5 billion in mid-December
      2016, part of which was later transferred to accounts and persons linked
      to the senate president (Bukola Saraki).

      “A prima facie case of conspiracy to retain the proceeds of unlawful
      activities and money laundering contrary to Sections 15(3) and 18(9) of
      the Money Laundering Prohibition Act 2004 can be established against the
      aforementioned suspects,” the EFCC told Mr. Buhari in the report”
      .

      As the first order of business, EFCC is actually to trace the origin of the ₦3.5 billion first, ecause EFCC’s report
      to President Buhari does not state the origin of the ₦3.5 billion which thus enabled Bukola Saraki to deny links.
      “No money from the Paris Club refund was paid to Dr. Saraki,” Bukola Saraki’s spokesperson said in rebuttal.

      If EFCC found that a bank draft of N3.5 billion from Bukola Saraki’s bank, and charged to his private account was used to raise the money, there would have been no wriggle room for denial. EFCC did well to ascertain and link the beneficiaries of the ₦3.5 billion to Bukola Saraki. EFCC may need to arrest both Gbenga Makanjuola and Robert Mbonu to ascertain on whose instructions the ₦3.5 billion was distributed to Bukola Saraki’s privies and associates.

      There’s another issue. If Bukola Saraki was not the governor of Kwara state in December 2016, when this moneylaundering was allegedly committed, when was the ₦3.5 billion given to Kwara state as Paris Fund refund? And, if it was given at a time earlier, when Bukola Saraki was still the governor, where was it hidden by Bukola Saraki until the following year? This last question will be resolved easily too simply by tracing the origin of the money. But EFCC is the more credible because Bukola Saraki doesn’t deny receipt of money by his associates.

      • Eldorado Millenium

        @opekete:disqus

        If EFCC found that a bank draft of N3.5 billion from Bukola Saraki’s
        bank, and charged to his private account was used to raise the money,
        there would have been no wriggle room for denial. EFCC did well to
        ascertain and link the beneficiaries of the ₦3.5 billion to Bukola
        Saraki. EFCC may need to arrest both Gbenga Makanjuola and Robert Mbonu
        to ascertain on whose instructions the ₦3.5 billion was distributed to
        Bukola Saraki’s privies and associates.

        There’s another issue. If
        Bukola Saraki was not the governor of Kwara state in December 2016, when
        this moneylaundering was allegedly committed, when was the ₦3.5 billion
        given to Kwara state as Paris Fund refund? And, if it was given at a
        time earlier, when Bukola Saraki was still the governor, where was it
        hidden by Bukola Saraki until the following year? This last question
        will be resolved easily too simply by tracing the origin of the money.
        But EFCC is the more credible because Bukola Saraki doesn’t deny receipt
        of money by his associates.

  • BobSolo

    Saraki Mr Senate President ….at what point do you say ENOUGH of stealing…..why putting the Nigeria Senate into shame and disrepute….collectively the Senators are not in the good book of Nigerians… all because of you….Your father Senator Olusola Saraki was involved in the Lockheed scandal….Societe general bank bankruptcy….You were involved in the collapsed of the same bank and also the Kwara State Trade bank… you stoled Kwara state to debt and pauperised the people of the state…from one scandal to the other….what have we done to you that you are putting us to shame…Now again the Paris club refund…AT WHAT POINT.. DO YOU SAY STOP>>>I HAVE STOLEN ENOUGH>>>>SARAKI SARAKI SARAKI>>>Oloju kokoro ni e…ole….Please friends out there ….what can we do to this Senate president that is making us feel bad ?

    • sab

      The manner some people jump into conclusion on issues baffles me. I’m not a politician. I’m not from Kwara State. So I’m not holding hrief for anybody, let alone Saraki. It is obvious Saraki left Kwara State government house in 2007. From the body of the Paris Club refund story, Saraki was no longer governor by 2016. Question now is: how did Saraki receive N3.5billion when he is no longer a governor? Was the refund made to serving governors or ex-governors?

  • Kallah Bature

    Let us be fair to all.Investigation should be concluded and parties found culpable must face the music, first through impeachment by respective legislative houses and subsequent prosecution.

    • gokealamikun

      @Bara44:disqus : One thing is that since I have been reading PREMIUM TIMES
      for correct information with truth and no bias at all I have not read that
      Bukola Saraki thought about any good idea or addressed a group of thinkers
      on any subject. All I have been reading about Bukola Saraki is only about stealing.
      I now begin to think of two things. Number one. Was this Bukola Saraki born to steal?
      Number two: is it only pure water that’s in Bukola Saraki’s head, no single good idea in it?

  • javscong javscong

    Regardless of Magu’s confirmation rejection by this very corrupt senate, I urge Mr. President to resist any attempt to remove Magu from the EFCC. Let him remain there until all the pending investigations are completed and all those found culpable are duly brought to account for their misdeeds. Saraki’s name has appeared in almost every scandal in the last 10 years and that can not be coincidence. Yet his peers in the senate feel very comfortable having him as their leader. That speaks volumes about the integrity of our senators.

  • We thank the former Acting EFCC chairman, Mallam Magu for these allegations and revelations. The next EFCC chairman will investigate. We await the nomination of the next EFCC chairman. We wish the former Acting EFCC chairman, Mallam Magu the best in his future endeavors.

    • Ijeuwa

      Clap for yourself. You’re very brilliant!

    • musa aliero

      I still do t understand how saraki received the money In the first place! He is neither a governor nor a member of the NGF! If he did, who are the governors that gave him the money?

      • iwe paul

        Abi oh!

      • Osakue

        Na him boy real boy they power just like you bring someone from viliage give am better work e go serve you for life

      • share Idea

        Have you forgotten that this administration calls Jonathan’s name for any SS person been investigated for crime. Why do you think, they will not do the same to Saraki now, it is obvious that Buhari can no longer control him.

        Buhari and APC government is a colossal failure

    • iwe paul

      Thank You very much,you go school well well ! CAN’T agree with you more

    • band olu

      Sorry to disappoint u, d reasons they want him removed are now adding up but Magu is going nowhere, he will complete d good work he is doing…

  • Ijeuwa

    What is shocking about Saraki and his miasma of corrupt practices?

    • Julius

      Nothing !. He was born into corruption and it’s in his DNA. Remember who was his father .

  • musa aliero

    Saraki is not a governor, he is not a member of the NGF! So how did he get the money? If he did get money am sure it was in connivance with other governors, so who are the governors that handed over such monies to Saraki? Why haven’t the EFCC mentioned any governor? How can a non member of the NGF divert such a huge amount without the active connivance of any governor? I suspect the EFCC chairaman is on a vengeance mission! Who also leaked or show the newspapers this report meant for the president?!!

    • ayomi

      Saraki is not a governor, he is not a member of the NGF! So how did he get the money?

      Great point

  • Bright Ezeh

    No body steals like Nigerian politicians, they are not tired of stealing even when they don’t need the money

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    EFCC should proceed with whatever investigation require to arrive at truth as president Muhammadu Buhari,is the executive sector of government while national assembly is the legislative section and third arm of government is the judiciary-section. Hence, the executive arm of government has enough crisis on its plate that it is dealing with at present.

    • Patriotico222

      Premium Times Editor,

      OPEN LETTER TO BUKOLA SARAKI

      There’s such a thing as honour. It is the meaning of life. It imbues one’s station in life with a halo.
      You don’t have it. It is time to go. You cannot remain on seat with the stench of a thief and claim
      that the burden of proof in a court should calibrate public opinion. The court does not decide
      public opinion. The court decides justice according to law. If law changes per second so also
      will justice change per second. That’s how slippery the concept of justice according to law is.
      The court does not dictate a specific outcome to reasonable people on what to think of you.

      Public opinion coalesces in opinions variously expressed, and now, you are in bad standing.
      It is time to go before you are pushed. Do not delude yourself thinking that there are also
      persons of similar infamy in the Senate with you, including drug-pushers and certificate
      forgers. Those examples surely exist, but you should simply have sat with your type,
      and not inflicted yourself as candidate for Senate president.

      You thoroughly disgraced Nigeria and made the country look utterly bereft of ethics
      by winning the vote of your peers to be elected Senate President. Those who voted
      did not vote for you despite your messy demerits, but on the correct principle that
      President Buhari must not impose Senator Lawan as a president of the Senate.
      You were the default choice, not the merited occupier of the office. Both Evans
      Enwerem and Chuba Okadigbo who’d preceded you were impeached for minor
      indiscretions whilst you now want to carry on with your headlined felonies. No!
      You must go now or you will be pushed out for the sake of a nation whose
      public morals you trampling on by looking like a career criminal.

      • ed

        The senate is full of corruption infested criminals.

        • Public Rekord

          @disqus_zicFb9uJk6:disqus

          “I do not have my sympathy for Dino Melaye because he is
          also a master in the art of subterfuge, blackmail and crude propaganda. Today,
          he is a victim of the same method he has adopted over the years and I am happy
          to see the tables turn! I know for a fact that we were admitted together. I am
          aware that he was very active in student political circles, though he has
          attempted to insinuate that he was SUG president to shore up his political
          profile. Unfortunately, during our time, under the reign of Uncle K, (General
          Kontagora as Sole Administrator) the student Union was proscribed, so that
          claim cannot stick! He lied on that!

          As President of Geography students, I am aware that he was
          impeached. I also know that he had fraud related issues with the Kogi State
          Students Association and Segun Halilu personally had lamented to me about this,
          then. I remember that he wanted to join the OAU students club then, and we
          blocked his membership, knowing his tendencies to cause confusion and take over
          the structure of the club for personal ends. “On his status as a graduate,
          only the records can tell. For all you know, he may have had a few unresolved
          carry-overs. Knowing Dino, he may have bluffed, paid or manipulated the system
          to ensure those records are obliterated.”

          ………………Abdussobur Salaam

          (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB)

          [March 26th, 2017]

      • True Cross Riverian

        true

  • Konyesilifu

    Olaniyonu, this report is dated 10th March 2017. It looks to me as the reason why the Senate refused to confirm Magu, rather than as proof of Magu fighting back.

    • band olu

      This is true,they rejected Magu’s nomination on d 15th of March while d report was dated 10th of March so it has nothing to do with Magu’s rejection..

      • Tijani

        Let Buhari (not Osinbajo) comfirm the date he received this alleged letter. Press reports recorded that Saraki and Buhari met the day before Magu’s confirmation screening.

  • sammyctu ode

    MOB PLEASE ACT VERY FAST BEFORE THIS ANIMAL saraki KILL NIGERIA. WHAT KIND OF GENE IN THIS saraki FAMILY THAT THEY MUST STEAL 365 DAYS OF THE YEAR, DOES saraki THINKS THAT HIS POSITION AS SENATE PRESIDENT MUST BE ALL ABOUT MONEY, WHAT IS HOW HIS BUSINESS WITH PARIS CLUB MONEY, IS HE A GOVERNOR?
    THIS USELESS ANIMAL IS LUCKY THAT OBJ IS NOT IN CHARGE COS HE WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED AND SENT TO PRISON A LONG TIME AGO. MOB saraki IS EXPLOITING YOUR WEAKNESSES DON’T ALLOW IT U ARE THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA, YOU ARE A FORMER MILITARY GENERAL AND FINALLY BRING THIS ANIMAL DOWN BEFORE HE KILLS NIGERIA. saraki CANNOT ENSLAVE NIGERIANS THE WAY HE HAS ENSLAVED THE PEOPLE OF KWARA. THE JUJU HE HAS BEEN DEPENDING ON WILL FINALLY FAIL AND GOD WILL BRING HIM DOWN AS HE IS BRINGING DERANGED trump DOWN.

  • Nkem

    It is like this thing is in Saraki’s blood, only I don’t know where he inherited it from. I used to think that he learnt his bad habits from Oloye, his father, but it is obvious he has completely rendered the old man a saint given the size of his greed and the coldness of his methods. From Societe Generale to Government House to the National Assembly – it is like you can never put this man anywhere near other people’s money and he would not steal something. At least Oloye was using what he took from the state for political patronage in his state. But Bukola on the other hand just seem to continue to amass for himself just because he simply can’t help himself.
    So maybe what Saraki actually needs is not our anger or condemnation, but our sincere sympathy and our prayers. Without any doubt, he needs to be taken to some kind of penitentiary or corrective institution where he can be cured of this terrible affliction.

    • band olu

      He’s a kleptomaniac, he has to steal even when he doesn’t need to…..He started stealing from his fathers bank when he was young & now his stealing has got out of hand…He needs deliverance…

  • Fernando Luis

    Them don come again. They will waste the remaining time of their 4 yrs tenor talking on this saraki accusations balderdash. APC coward supporters are being deceived. Nigeria need go forward. Now the old daura man is back from UK, this is the kind of things you will hear. Coconut heads!

  • Omoba1

    This investigation is dead on arrival as the perpetrators, if true, were skillful in distributing these funds to avoid any direct link. The investigation only reveals allegations but lacks concrete evidence. It may be true that the money was laundered, but this case cannot convict the Senate President.

    • Gbola

      Then perhaps you would inform us of the reason why the REFUND wasn’t handed to the governors but rather spent by Saraki.

      This Paris club refund wasn’t meant for Saraki’s pocket.
      It was a refund to states NOT EVEN the federal government dialogue with.

      Saraki ought to have disbursed this funds to the states.

      Since he didnt then he’s culpable.

      • Tijani

        Why don’t you ask Fake Pastor Fake Professor VP Yemi Osinbajo who provided this write up to the press, to give you the pre-scripted answers you require for the window dressing you have been paid to deliver. As Magu’s obsession with Saraki instead of fighting corruption, so will Yemi Osinbajo’s obsession with Saraki blow him away. I pity Buhari. A golden chance to leave a legacy in setting Nigeria straight, squandered by his inability to control warring parties. Running Nigeria properly is not a job for the idealistic or the novices. Nigeria must be reset. Completely.

        • Julius

          Lmaooo, I told you that you will turn on the VP sooner !. Here u go !!

      • ayomi

        Better still, why is the present governor of Kwara silent on this issue? I bet some of this money would end up in his coffers

  • suleiman

    Dog eat dog. Do me I do you, God no go vex. If the senate refuses to confirm Magu he will keep throwing dirt at them even though this does not vindicate him of corruption. Hausa people say, “Laifi tudu, ka hau ga gani na wani amma ba za ka gan naka ba.”Meaning, it is easier to blame others than take responsibility for your own shortcomings. Magu is trying to cover up for the damning SSS report on him. I don’t blame him but the headmaster that keeps pushing his nme. This the way to fight corruption by our anti-corruption crusader.

  • Tare Daniel

    Since when did the EFCC become a fact finding committee that submits report to the president instead of prosecuting criminals?

    • share Idea

      My gee, pls don’t worry yourself as this administration is good at media propaganda but deficit on good governance. Imagine EFCC telling us that they were able to determine that a crime has been committed but could not charge people involved to court rather they report to the president and Nigeria media.

      When we cried out that this administration is been tele-guided by Buhari, the gullible call us names.

    • commentsfile..!

      Because the same FG is ordering more release of
      this Paris club funds so..its very wise of Mr Magu
      to furnish the president with enough evidence on how
      this funds are being laundered. ..why cant Nigerians
      for once commend a job well done???

      • Tare Daniel

        I will commend them when they start acting as an independent law enforcement agency by arresting and prosecuting the parties involved in this crime, instead of waiting for presidential directives that is dictated by political considerations.

    • Man_Enough

      the president is the commander in chief and the grand supervisor of all his appointees. they ought to carry him along. at the end of the day the buck stops at his table. when any minister makes a wrong move, wailers go for the president’s jugular. briefing the president does not mean that a case will not be filed.

  • Usman

    I see why Dino is fuming

    • Julius

      Yes and he will sing when they lock him up. Watch !

  • monti

    This’s ridiculous.
    Doubt if this SarakiThief is sane.
    What’s he gonna do with all this LOOTING???

    • Julius

      Good question and observation. See my comment to absam777 above. It’s unbelievable !

  • wheingo

    Yet, the useless senotors can’t use this damming report if true, to to impeach the most corrupt senate president Nigeria ever had.

    • K.K.K

      @disqus_CD5TKhHfDN:disqus

      Spare a thought for Dr. Olusola Saraki

      Dr. Olusola Saraki may be struggling to rest in perfect peace after his son has become an alias for STEALING
      in Nigerian history. But he may not deserve to rest in perfect peace if whilst alive he did not teack Bukola simple ethics that no virtue can stand in the same sentence with stealing. Bukola Saraki may just have surpassed James Ibori as the first example of the most heinous theft in Nigeria. @bandolu:disqus wrote below that he thinks Bukola Saraki suffers from kleptomania – a compulsive urge to steal anything capable of being stolen.
      I
      disagree because that will mean he is not responsible for his own action if his theft is independent of his will.

      At any rate, if he’s kleptomaniac what is he doing desecrating the seat of Senate president since compulsive
      theft is not constitutional stated as a qualification of Senate president. The way the ball is rolling I feel it in
      my bones that Bukola Saraki is actually being roller-coastered to prison. The two (2) cases un-earthed

      against him in the last three days could put him behind bars for 10 years.

      • Tijani

        You are mentally challenged. Why do you keep switching monikers. Be man/or woman enough to pick one moniker and stick to it. Your keyboard’s stammering and stuttering gives you away. Ghost of Lootmaster Dr Olusola Saraki. LWKMD

      • absam777

        Saraki is suffering from Obsessive Corruption Disorder. (OCD) The man needs help or he will infect other with the illness.

        • Julius

          lolz, maybe locking him up will cool him down and bring some senses into his criminal minds ! I really don’t get what he is going to do with all these stolen monies that he can’t possible spend for the remaining of his life time. wtf is going on in his head ? Damn !

      • wheingo

        On point.

  • Omoagunmate

    SARAKI must resign, enough of thieves hijacking our democracy. Buhari s looking to have lost the war on corruption before it even started.

    • Tijani

      Even if Saraki was to resign, Magu has just wrecked the integrity of the EFCC Paris Club Loans investigations. Are Magu and his political paymasters so obsessed with dislodging Saraki as Senate President that they would scupper Nigeria’s greatest opportunity to entrench fiscal accountability on the shrine of removing Saraki. There was a Senate, and several senate presidents before Saraki, and there will be a Senate, and Senate President’s after Saraki. I doubt there will be an EFCC after Magu. The fact that the once dreaded EFCC can be reduced to political tit for tat grandstanding as manifested under Magu’s acting leadership, is the strongest case yet that the EFCC must be scrapped and replaced with an independent body reporting to the police and DSS, and not the presidency, certainly not the vice presidency as has been revealed in the Umar debacle, to prevail. Again, QED.

      • Omoagunmate

        Oga, save the conspiracy theory for another day. You said “There was a Senate, and several senate presidents before Saraki, and
        there will be a Senate, and Senate President’s after Saraki” Don’t hold your breath on that. The Senate are daily being exposed for what they really are – massive waste of scarce resources, corrupt, overpaid, anti-people, anti-development and of no practical value to the people of this great nation of ours.

  • Tijani

    Magu will never learn will he? The very same accusation the DSS laid at his door, he is reconfirming, that he has no discretion and acts in a manner prejudicial to the integrity of the EFCC, Buhari, and country. If not, how can a letter and report meant for Buhari find its way to the pages of Premium Times, The Punch and The Nation, plus YNaija, all Tinubu controlled and Tinubu contracted media, even before President Buhari has read it? By this action, he has scuppered the integrity of his own investigation into Paris Club Loan Refunds, making it clear he is in alliance with Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Fake Pastor Fake Professor VP Yemi Osinbajo (and in fact not Buhari) in pursuing a campaign of calumny only targeted at tarnishing Saraki, he is not interested in preventing, detecting or stopping economic and financial crimes, which is the purpose of the EFCC. Were DSS to raid Tinubu’s house today, the way they raided Umar’s house, they will certainly uncover EFCC confidential investigation files in Tinubu’s bedroom, and letters between Magu and Vice President Osinbajo. Magu never learns, the EFCC needs a strongly untainted Chair, not one that reports to Tinubu, the largest untouchable looter in the land. QED.

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Did you read the article?”from the presidency “that is what is said.

      • Tijani

        Everybody that is intelligent in Nigeria knows that “from the presidency” means from fake pastor fake professor Vice president Yemi Osinbajo hiding behind the veil of “the presidency” to do a dirty job. Buhari is a plain speaking sharp shooting general, who does not hide when he speaks. So please spare me that “from the presidency” balderdash. Saraki or no Saraki, Osinbajo will never achieve his deluded dream of being President of the Senate (as pertains in USA.)

        • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

          Tijani,common, you are too harsh,and sounding very rude to the person of osibajo. He is sixty years old,politics apart,we are Africans who are trained to respect the elders. Your assertions as to the position of the vice president in all these saraki saga,is a mere speculation. Please let’s play safe in order not to offend God .

          • Tijani

            Elders that see truth as lack of respect ko? Fake Pastor Fake Professor VP is an unrepentantly incompetent fellow and a liar to boot. The only respect he can get from me is the capitalising of his name and fake titles. After all, I could have miniaturised them to his diabolically diminutive stature, as in fake pastor fake professor vp osinbajo.

  • Sanssouci

    Hogwash. If there is anything indicting saraki why the letter to buhari? I thot magu said they r not under any influence? If u find evidence of fraud why not arrest and prosecute him? Wetin concern buhari? Buhari has himself said in typical APC prapaganda hypocritical fashion that if his own son is found wanting EFCC should go after the son and not report to him for anything. Magu abeg if you’ve nailed saraki as u claim arrest am make we see, Abi Saraki get immunity?

  • Bright Henry

    But why is Saraki’s name always linked to crime. Right from the days of his father to the Obj days, his time as governor and now as a Senator? I don’t believe all these spanning the better part of 20 years are all false. There is something with this guy and corruption.

    • ayomi

      crime is in Saraki’s genes

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    President Buhari compromised the fight against corruption in the National Assembly due to political expediency.

    There are too many instances of grave allegations against the NASS and especially its leadership that has been swept under the carpet by the Presidency. Theft, forgery, money laundering, conspiracy etc etc

    The presidency has hidden behind ‘Separation of Powers’ & ‘Rule of Law’ to do nothing against these accused people. All because of politics.

    This same President is very willing to use every trick in the books to deal with IPOB and the Shia Sect of ZakZaki.

    But when it comes to the threat of corruption that is MUCH worse to NIgeria than IPOB and ZakZaki COMBINED: President Buhari all of a sudden becomes colorless and weak.

    Please spare me any talk of a serious war against corruption.

    We are all too intelligent and we know the game. Shame on the leadership and shame on the President!

    • Peter_Edo

      hidden behind ‘Separation of Powers’ & ‘Rule of Law’

      If he didn’t some people would be shouting DICTATOR!!!!!!

      • www.electionoffenders.ng

        Application of the law can not be selective and applied where there is political advantages to be secured.

        The law recognizes everyone as equal before the law.

        Some parties should not be ‘victims’ of the rule of law while others are beneficiaries of the rule of law.

        Corruption is the greatest problem we have in this land. If any politics must be played, it must never be played in the fight against corruption.

        Mothers are dying in hospitals due to embezzled funds meant for health care, passengers are dying on the roads due to its poor state because the funds for repairs have been stolen, unemployed and frustrated young men now have mental health problems and some are jumping off bridges due to frustration. Suicide is prevalent now in Nigeria due to hopelessness!

        Corruption is literally killing Nigerians. This is no play matter. Why should a few people steal billions of our common wealth and those who should bring them to account are leaving them alone due to personal political gain. Thats corruption too in itself!

        Is this what the rule of law was designed to achieve? Nigerians are suffering due to the stealing. Do you really understand that!??

        • Absolutely Sane

          Are you equally saying that rule of law means the president should usurp power. IPOB and ZakZaki you mentioned are absolutely different cases from the issue of corruption in NASS. Every reasonable fellow will agree with me that the cases of IPOB and ZakZaki are cases of treason and money laundering case traced to NASS. For those who do not have volatile memory, when Saraki’s case of false asset declaration started, a lot of voices were shouting witch-hunt and accusing PMB as the mastermind. Imagine PMB meddling in the corruption case in NASS and what he will be called by the same people accusing him of watching.

          This country and its people do not know what they want. The best thing for the president is to ignore them while they are blowing hot and cold and keep doing what is best for the good of nation. Maybe one day, this set of confused element will wake up to appreciate his good work.

          • www.electionoffenders.ng

            In principle i agree with you.

            The Chief Law Officer of the federation is the Attorney General; Malami. That man is an appointee of the President.

            Malami decides which cases are to be investigated and which are not to be investigated. he has vast powers.

            There are more than one occasion where Malami has decided not to prosecute or proceed with cases. When you read the basis for his decisions they are founded on political expediency. (Eg; case of forgery that was withdrawn, accusations of padding that wasnt effectively investigated etc etc)

            No one is suggesting interference in cases or persecution of opponents by the Executive but the fact is that the President has MANY legitimate tools through which he can be more aggressive, focused and result oriented in his so called fight against corruption.

            Friends of Buhari and enemies of Buhari alike will agree that this fight against corruption is not going well.

            What has been achieved so far is but a tiny result relative to the massive damage and decay that needs to be fixed.

          • Absolutely Sane

            It may seem not to be going well because the corruption is also fighting back. Meanwhile, the volatile nature of the country, given the division based on both religion and ethnicity, calls for caution in every approach to fighting this battle against corruption. Otherwise, the four years of PMB administration will just be wasted and he will eventually get more blames than the previous administrations who actually put us in this problem we found ourselves as a nation. Government, especially in Nigeria, is about fighting and taking caution till total sanity is restored or regained for a reasonable achievement that will attract better appraisal. Peradventure he eventually managed the situation well with good infrastructural and agricultural development to show for it, Nigerians will repose more confidence in him. Hence, he will be able to deal with corruption with a more stern approach without any grumble from any quarter. That is the way a reasonable government is run.

          • www.electionoffenders.ng

            In Nigeria, we have high tolerance for mediocrity and under performance. Why?

            Its doesn’t take 4 years to have a plan to fight corruption. We know that full results from an anti-corruption fight can not manifest overnight but we also know that a leader that has a solid plan can put this plan in place and start to implement it within a few weeks/months.

            President Buhari is a unique and exceptional man who has lived a blessed and favored life. NO one can take that from him.

            But lets talk like men who are objective and men in a hurry for their country to work properly, lets talk as men who long for the suffering of their people to be reduced to an acceptable level.

            We dont criticize the President because we want his failure or because of dont love our country. The opposite is the reality.

            We criticize because we want our country to leave the decay and corruption of the past behind. Making excuses for President Buhari isnt helping Nigeria in any way.

            The President can do more and the President can do better but he is not. Fact

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            U r a genius,u just made my day.

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Agreed

          • Patriot4noreason

            Why should the corrupt be allowed to go Scot free just because they are in the Senate. The Senate is the most corrupt organization in Nigeria, we cannot just let them do as they like and justify it by proclaiming democracy. If corruption is being fought then the Senate have no right to be exempted, they should be crucified. Democracy is a borrowed system, nobody said it should not be adopted but the circumstances that need to be put in place for it to work needs to be put in place.

          • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

            Gbam!

        • Patriot4noreason

          You just made so much sense… but what is the way forward? Democracy? Nope, I do not think so. We need to break the rules to flush out the corrupt and ignorant ones that are ruining our country

          • Tijani

            I like reading one person having a conversation with himself, using different names

        • Peter_Edo

          totally, and i am of the school of thought that PMB has been way too soft on some issues. being called a dictator shouldn’t matter for he should be looking at posterity (he will die soon) in ALL his actions. HE should have been a LOT tougher on these crooks.

  • Höly Wähala

    Magu should write the AGF or approach the courts with his evidence. This is the same EFCC that denied they were investigating the Govs and the heist of this same Paris Club money, obviously, this is Magu (corruption) fighting back after DSS made public their criminal indictment of Ibrahim Ole Magu. He’s going to prison no matter how long it takes… Nonsense!

    • Absolutely Sane

      I like you for your conclusion -Nonsense! – which is exactly all you have wasted your time saying.

      • Höly Wähala

        IGNOORED… attention-seeking! Wait for the leprous upvotes, clown!

        • SamPsalm

          Just upvoted him. After reading your corruption of the word ‘ignored’. To ignore means to ignore. And if you have no integrity regarding something that basic, how can you bid to tell anyone what to believe on something more substantial like another corruption enterprise of the Saraki? Like your name, Holy Wahala, seems you delight in conferring legitimacy – and beatification – on perverted projects and personalities. Repent

          • Höly Wähala

            IGNOOORED… childish irrelevancies. Get Lost! Leper!!

        • Patriot4noreason

          The truth is we know the truth, we can sense it. If you like defend those messing our country up or not, you will be judged. I cnt wait for the next generation of Nigerians that will slam this current set of ignorant politicians

    • Julius

      Leave that man alone jor ! lolz. All your billionaires friends are in trouble, that’s why you didn’t confirmed him. I suggest you make an arrangement for your dear friend Saraki’s asylum in Germany. Eyin ole yi.We are watching !!. Have a good week buddy !

      • Höly Wähala

        No yawa… he’s most welcome, I know where Asari’s other wife lives so with his little Barakat up North so, I’m close to all of them alright. Got problem with that… sue me!

        • Julius

          Hahahahahaha@sue me !. Sue you ke for Naija wey you get the police, Judges and the politicians in your back pocket..No winner there for me. What I will do is get together with my friendemy, the ipob boys, kidnap you make you give us the billions you stashed in the freezer at one of your house for Ajegunle. We ain’t got time for court.

    • Tijani

      Magu will be charged to court anyway, he is now dancing naked in the market square

    • systematic

      akuya gut see what u are saying even you your selve u dont believe with Wat u said. animal go sleep we dont need u here i beg u

      • Höly Wähala

        Write English or get lost!

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  • O.O. Martins

    @wwwelectionoffendersng:disqus

    Muhamadu BUHARI is the problem with Nigeria

    Have you ever seen a sensible president having lunch with an accused criminal in the middle of investigations
    and Tribunal hearing? The only misfit president in the world who does such uneducated nonsense is Muhamadu
    Buhari because he does not think. President BUHARI does not know by how much he irritates the public with
    salacious investigation reports of Bukola Saraki in the morning – to be followed by lunch date with the same
    accused criminal inside the presidential villa.

    There’s no strategy in Buhari’s duplicity. There’s no sense or morality in it either – just plain silly.

    If Buhari is too compromised to fight corruption he should be impeached as a laggard president without gumption.
    If he’s taking favours in return for impunity Buhari must be probed for financial crimes. Bukola Saraki has exposed
    President Buhari as a man without convictions, as a president who just talks and could easily be ignored..

    • Patriot4noreason

      And who is the solution? You should read your comment again when you are less high of guilt and sentiment.

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Perhaps! But tone down your insults at the president

    • Africa

      Oti o… are you OK?

    • systematic

      i dont think if ur brain is functioning ok for u to insult our great man our hope our feature progress in this country i doubt if u are ok at all

  • commentsfile..!

    Now that everyone is fighting Mr Magu even some members of
    the executive, its a good sign of things to come.. Mr Magu needs no
    friend circle to be able to do his Job well.. if I were to be Mr President
    with this developments I would let Magu serve on an acting capacity
    indefinitely since he is not going to be looking for favor from anyone
    so that the sweeping we all have waited for can begin…this should
    be his motivation to fight corrupt elements with every thing he has
    in his capacity.

    • chimezie

      That is a good contribution. I hope Mr President will think in that direction.

    • Tijani

      Ha ha @commentsfile So they even gave you a comments file to copy and paste trash from?

  • Tony

    Nigeria jajaja. President in certificate and bribing lawyer wahala. Senate President in money laundry shit. EFFC chairman – friend of crooks and giver of classified documents to corrupt people. Senator im certificate wahala SFG in grass cutting scander. Money claimed to have recovered nobody dey see am. Dem dey borrow more money dem no dey see wetin dem dey take am do. God help naija

  • Julius

    I don’t get this writing the President crap . Just pick him up, charge him to court and he can plea or claim his immunity but, at least we will all know he is being charged AGAIN !

    • ayomi

      Remember, the president had to be consulted even before killers are arrested

      • Julius

        That will be taking it to a ridiculous and extreme level !

  • Champ

    Waste of space for gullibles and demented pro APC.

  • ayomi

    “In the report, seen by PREMIUM TIMES, the EFCC narrated how Mr. Saraki,
    using his deputy chief of staff and other aides, laundered N3.5 billion
    that he allegedly received from the Paris Club loan refund to state
    governors.”

    How could a former governor of a state gain access to this fund?
    Why is the present governor of this state silent on this issue?
    Why are the reps, councils, and other entities in the affected state stay silence?
    How much of the stolen money will filter down to various officials in the state?

    And why are the citizens of this state not on the streets demonstrating at this thievery?

    Are we all a bunch of lambs?

    • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

      Yes!to the last question.

    • Tijani

      Your copy and paste trash is untidy sha

  • Patriot4noreason

    People God is at work here. Can’t you see the hand of God in all that is happening? Confusion is in the air, everybody is casting themselves, revelations are coming through everyday. Praise God, Allah

    • Afo

      If Saraki has any specific corruption cases against Magu as done here, time has come for him to release them so we all know where some of our funds have been diverted. Magu should take the cases involving all the thieves in the NASS up for a better Nigeria.

  • FreeNigeria

    Why is EFCC writing the President? If they have the evidence, arrest the wicked thieves (Saraki and Co). Please people do your dam- jobs.

  • samG60

    I know bukky saraki is a thief, I can’t prove it but it’s obvious when you go to his state. So I wouldn’t even want to be seen to be defending him in anyway. I also will not allow myself to get carried away by this it’s either magu or no one else for efcc. He has been very unprofessional in his job and has grossly abused the powers of his office. He has arrested people on trumped up charges just because they dared to criticise him, abu siddique and ebun are perfect examples. He continuously denies suspects their rights by keeping them locked up without charge and refuses to obey court orders. There’s no way you can fight corruption with abuse of due process which is corruption in itself. Then leaking classified information to the media, while at the same time allowing his subordinates to enrich themselves. There’s a lot of conjectures in what I read above and I did not see where or how bukky saraki is beneficiary of any fund. He is not a governor, he is not a member of governors forum, I didn’t see any paris fund paid into his account, a critical analysis of this report really smacks of desperation. Going round with all these stories of people that know him in one way or the other doing this and that hasn’t really created any nexus between him and paris fund. FG paid paris fund to state govts, can we follow from there to establish the crime and who did what. Who paid funds to NGF? for what? when did this end up in saraki’s account and for what if it did?

  • endipin

    Thank God for the non-confirmation of magu. This would have been swept under the carpet. Rubbish govt.

    • Repost by Popular Demand

      Premium Times Editor,

      Open Letter to Bukola Saraki

      There’s such a thing as honour. It is the meaning of life. It imbues one’s station in life with a halo.
      You don’t have it. It is time to go. You cannot remain on seat with the stench of a thief and claim
      that the burden of proof in a court should calibrate public opinion. The court does not decide
      public opinion. The court decides justice according to law. If law changes per second so also
      will justice change per second. That’s how slippery the concept of justice according to law is.
      The court does not dictate a specific outcome to reasonable people on what to think of you.

      Public opinion coalesces in opinions variously expressed, and now, you are in bad standing.
      It is time to go before you are pushed. Do not delude yourself thinking that there are also
      persons of similar infamy in the Senate with you, including drug-pushers and certificate
      forgers. Those examples surely exist, but you should simply have sat with your type,
      and not inflicted yourself as candidate for Senate president.

      You thoroughly disgraced Nigeria and made the country look utterly bereft of ethics
      by winning the vote of your peers to be elected Senate President. Those who voted
      did not vote for you despite your messy demerits, but on the correct principle that
      President Buhari must not impose Senator Lawan as a president of the Senate.
      You were the default choice, not the merited occupier of the office. Both Evans
      Enwerem and Chuba Okadigbo who’d preceded you were impeached for minor
      indiscretions whilst you now want to carry on with your headlined felonies. No!
      You must go now or you will be pushed out for the sake of a nation whose
      public morals you are trampling on by looking like a career criminal.

      • Tijani

        Another moniker? Are you so afraid of the trash you are typing that you cannot use one name?

        • Q.E.D

          @disqus_fV9nEiMJb0:disqus : I think I know this person who reposted this. He is not the original writer. This one
          is a troller. He will never write his own opinion. He will only repost anything that appeals to him.
          He may not have more three credits at Wasc exam. That is why he can’t write his own opinion.

    • thusspokez

      But the report was forwarded to the president on March 10, while the Senate rejected Mr. Magu’s nomination on March 15.

      Did you read the above passage in the report?

      • Gary

        And was Magu not rejected the first time before then?

        Or you want to feign ignorance that the Magu-Saraki antagonism and media war does not have a long history? Magu has turned what should be objective and disinterested investigations into a personal crusade and a means to settle personal scores against his perceived enemies.
        One more reason Magu needs to be separated from the EFCC sooner rather than later. His temperament and personal animus have become a hindrance to the effectiveness of the agency.

        • tundemash

          So are you saying the N3.5bn theft never took place or Magu shouldn’t have investigated it, since his confirmation is pending with Sarakonda, so that it won;t look “personal” ???????

        • thusspokez

          I have no idea what your response is about. Revisit my comment and pay attention to what I was responsing to in @endpin’s own comment.

  • Tunde

    This Saraki is a big thief and criminal indeed, fighting corruption will not make head way in Nigeria until this rogue Sakari is booted out ,as long as he continues to be no 3 citizen of Nigeria, with all the corruption indictment hanging on his next. He is just making mockery of the fight against corruption by the government, with all the crook Senators supporting him.

  • thusspokez

    Saraki is allegedly a mentally sick man with compulsion to commit crimes even whilst facing multiple criminal charges in court.

    Buhari and the APC should have jettisoned the crook from the party. Sadly, the weak Buhari has no control of his party., but most worrying thing between the two men is Buhari allowing photos to be taken of him and the crooked Saraki — which works for Saraki because it validates him when the public see him next to the president with both men shaking hands and often laughing together.

    What kind of country would allow a first-class crook like Saraki, facing so many criminal charges to continue to be the second in line to succeed the presidency of the country?

  • Edward

    My reasoning faculty find it more difficult to comprehend the major reasons Nigerians are suffering from evil leaders, baptized from devil’s kingdom, NO/half bake educations, damaged integrity, criminal, and ambitious to dominate corridors of power. What a big slap?

  • Ibrahim Kabir Maje

    This is the right time to push saraki’s to final stage! Court has all the fact needed to prove him wrong, let this dog be chain and teach the incoming ones a life lessons

    • dele20

      I concur With you, Saraki needs to be jailed

  • Olatubosun

    Saraki and others are thieves

  • Olatubosun

    This saraki needs to be jailed

  • Olatubosun

    Saraki is a criminal

  • Olatubosun

    Saraki has many criminal cases

    • dele20

      Saraki can not escape it , he will surely be punished

  • systematic

    may god help mr saraki to repent o he should be punish by all his mess

    • dele20

      Saraki is a political armed robber

  • Impulse400

    Saraki has been a financial Kleptomaniac since Societe General Bank and Kwara state sons and daughters saw no other qualified, honest citizen among themselves to send to the senate to represent them. Useless illiterates. May the dishonor he brings upon their heads fill their eyes with tears and shame.

  • Adekunle Akindude

    Why is this common shameless thief still Senate Leader?

  • TDaniels2

    The unfortunate thing is that Buhari is too weak, too timid to do anything meaningful. By now Saraki ought to be in kirikiri and the key to his cell door thrown into the Atlantic or hanged. But before hanging, he should vomit all monies that he stolen from Kwara State, hallmark, Sgs and the senate. You may think that this is too harsh, but consider the millions of people denied good medical access, denied access to good water, better roads, those that have died because there were no functioning infrastructure because th monies to put them in place have been stolen and looted. There should be no rest for any big man or woman in Nigeria that have taken what is not rightfully theirs. Long may their journeys to hell be!