The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has concluded arrangement to arrest several aides and persons linked to Senate President BUKOLA SARAKI for their alleged role in the N19bn illegally deducted from the N522bn Paris Club loan refund.
About N3.5bn out of the N19bn was said to have been traced to SARAKI and several persons close to him, according to EFCC report.
In the report, which was submitted to President MUHAMMADU BUHARI about two weeks ago, the EFCC mentioned SARAKI’s Deputy Chief of Staff, GBENGA MAKANJUOLA; Mr. KOLAWOLE SHITTU, OBIORA AMOBI and OLADAPO IDOWU.
Others, who allegedly took part in the diversion, include a former Managing Director of SARAKI’s family defunct bank, Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, who is the current boss of Melrose General Services Limited, ROBERT MBONU; and the Relationship Manager to the Senate President in Access Bank, KATHLEEN ERHIMU.
However, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Senate President, YUSUPH OLANIYONU, who had earlier denied allegations that any money from the Paris Club loan refund was paid to SARAKI said he was not aware of any plan to arrest his aides.
He alleged that the EFCC boss was on a revenge mission based on the false belief that SARAKI blocked his confirmation at the Senate two weeks ago.