Timi Frank reacts to EFCC’s attempt to probe Saraki
The erstwhile deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, on Thursday described as ‘laughable’, the response of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the witch-hunt allegation made against the anti-graft agency by the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
It would be recalled that the EFCC had earlier on Tuesday said its decision to probe Senate President Bukola Saraki’s tenure as Kwara State governor was in the public interest, saying he should not fret over the investigation into his earnings as Kwara State governor and his stewardship in the Senate, “so long as he has no skeletons in his cupboard.”
EFCC’s spokesman, Tony Orilade had in a statement said, “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.”
But Saraki had dismissed the anti-graft agency’s latest investigation of his tenure as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 – 2011 as a direct witch-hunt against his person.
However, Frank in a statement emailed to SAHEL STANDARD in Abuja Pooh-Poohed the EFCC’s claim that its never-ending investigative activities against Saraki was for both public and Saraki’s personal good.
According to him, the EFCC under its Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, has since derailed from the lofty objectives for which it was set up.
“It is lamentable that what was 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 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 said.
The Bayelsa-born politician charged the anti-graft to swing into action by investigating two bullion vans that entered house of National leader of APC Bola Tinubu few hours to presidential election
He noted, “Let me remind 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), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed 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.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that Magu is using the Saraki investigation as a bait to secure a second term in office after almost completing an illegal one foisted on the country by the worst government ever in the history of Nigeria.
“How will local and international partners respect a body that is not run according to law but the personal whims and caprices of its leader and a cabal that mean no good for the country?”
He reiterated his call on the EFCC to leave Saraki alone while urging the Commission to work in the overall interest of every Nigerian and not to use its powers to settle personal scores.