spokesman for the commission Tony Orilade was responding to a statement credited to Srakai’s media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, that the EFCC investigating Saraki is a witch-hunt.
Orilade said that the EFCC had taken note of the reactions of Saraki to the commission’s inquiries regarding his earnings as Kwara state governor.
“While it is his prerogative to ventilate his views on the matter as he deems fit, the commission takes great exception at the desperate attempt to cast a slur on its investigative activities by portraying Saraki as a victim of persecution,” he said in a statement.
“Furthermore, the agency finds the attempt by the Senate President to tie our inquest to his International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) appointment and his approaching life out of power as misleading.
“This is knowing too well that the background to our current inquiries reaches several years back.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the EFCC is obligated by law to enthrone probity and accountability in the governance space and has supremely pursued this duty without ill-will or malice against anyone.
“It is in the interest of the public and for Saraki’s personal good, that he is not only above board, but be seen at all times to be so.”