Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has said the declaration by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate Senate President, Bukola Saraki was not predicated on the public good.
iDONSABI reports that EFCC had through its spokesman, Tony Orilade in a statement dismissed claim that its recent move to investigate all details of salaries, allowances, or any other entitlement enjoyed by Saraki during his tenure as Kwara Governor between 2003 and 2011 was a mere vendetta.
Frank, a critic of the current administration claimed that the chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu was bent on using the investigation of the Senate President as a bait to secure a fresh tenure for himself.
He further argued that the EFCC’s recent investigation on Saraki was a vindictive measure over the non-confirmation of Magu as the chairman of the anti-graft agency by the Senate leadership under the former Kwara governor.
While describing the action as lamentable, Franks alleged that the anti-corruption agency established by law to sanitise and rid the country of economic and financial crimes has suffered a terrible hijack by puppeteers now using it to settle personal and political scores.
“How do you launch an investigation into the legitimate earnings of a public servant who served his state meritoriously as governor from 2003 – 2011 and still claim that the move is for public interest and the subject’s personal interest?
“Nigerians are no fools. They know that Magu is out to get his pound of flesh following his non-confirmation by the Senate through an illegal and unjust investigation aimed at tarnishing the image of Saraki which he has repeatedly failed to achieve since 2015.
He, therefore, reminded the EFCC that Nigerians are still waiting for them to investigate a bullion van that hurled humongous cash into the Ikoyi residence of a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, during the general elections.
“Or are the laws and regulations of the Commission only meant for certain individuals?
“Besides, when has the “personal good” of Saraki or any citizen for that matter, become the official business of the EFCC? Was the Commission set up to look after the welfare of individuals?
“This is why I dare say without fear of contradiction that the EFCC under its present leadership has lost focus, is heavily compromised and has since abandoned the lofty objectives for which the agency was conceptualized.”