The wife of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said she will respond to an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and assist the commission with its inquiries over corruption allegations against her.
Toyin Saraki confirmed Wednesday she had been summoned by the commission, but denied knowing the motive of the invitation.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported exclusively on Wednesday that the EFCC was moving against Mrs. Saraki, and Zainabu Yar’adua-Dakingari, the daughter of former President Umaru Yar’Adua, over alleged corruption.
Mrs. Dakingari, also the wife of a former governor of Kebbi State, is accused of N2billion fraud perpetrated during her husband’s tenure as governor of the Northwest State.
She was initially expected to report for questioning at the EFCC headquarters Wednesday, but sent words that she was away to Saudi for Umrah (lesser hajj), and pleaded to be allowed to report on July 27, 2015.
She is expected to explain the source of the steady stream of cash into her companies, while she held sway as first lady of Kebbi State.
Mrs Saraki, a source at the anti-graft agency disclosed, was invited by the EFCC in relation to questionable inflow of funds into companies where she has interest, when her husband was the governor of Kwara State.
She is expected to report at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja on July 28, 2015; where investigators have already been assembled to grill her.
Mrs. Saraki confirmed Wednesday, following Premium Times’ report, that she received EFCC’s invitation.
She said she “will be delighted to assist them with any lawful enquiries they may have, as a law abiding, transparent and accountable private citizen”.
A statement by Akeem Olagoke, the private secretary to Mrs Saraki, said the senate president’s wife had no idea of the intent of the anti-graft agency’s invitation.
“Her Excellency, Mrs Toyin Saraki, Founder of Wellbeing Foundation Africa and wife of the Senate President has been informed by her office that a letter of invitation was delivered to her office, by and from the EFCC,” Mr. Olagoke said.
Mr. Olagoke said, “She has directed an immediate and formal response, to the EFCC, that she will be delighted to assist them with any lawful enquiries they may have, as a law abiding, transparent and accountable private citizen.”
He added that Mrs Saraki has further confirmed an appointment date to honour the EFCC’s invitation at a mutually agreed convenience.