By Oladipupo Mojeed
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has called Senate President, Bukola Saraki, an embarrassment to Nigeria over corruption charges levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC has alleged Saraki’s involvement in the first tranche of the Paris club refund, with about N196bn linked to the Senate president.
CACOL is calling for his impeachment over the allegation and previous fraudulent charges against him.
The body said Saraki should be “removed,” stressing that his actions seem as one who is untouchable despite so many fraudulent allegations against him.
In a statement signed by its Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, the body noted that Saraki is yet to prove his innocence in all allegations levelled against him.
This, the group said has “become a norm; he never gives any logical explanation to exonerate him rather he most times, keeps mum and allows such allegations to die ‘natural deaths’.”
” It is saddening and disgraceful that a man of such dented image is the number three citizen of this great country.
“Sometime ago, there was also an allegation against Saraki about his involvement in the forgery of the senate rules.
”It was gathered that both he and his deputy Ekweremadu illegally amended the standing rules that ostensibly aided their emergence both as Senate President and deputy President.
“Moreso, Saraki’s name was mentioned in the discovered secret offshore asset scam released by a German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung.
“Girol Properties, the report stated, was registered on behalf of Toyin Saraki by Fonsecca on August 25, 2004, in the British Virgin Island, a year after her husband, Bukola, became the governor of Kwara State.
“It added that the company documents showed that Saraki “owns 25,000 numbers of shares with a par value of US$ 1,000 each, and was appointed the first and only director of the company,” the statement read.