N12 million stolen from my house, Saraki admits
President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, yesterday admitted that N12 million was stolen from his house in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital by burglars.
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja yesterday however disclosed that the incident took place two weeks ago at the administrative quarters located very close to the house.
According to Saraki, it was not true that the amount stolen was N300 million.He added that the matter had since been reported to the police which he said were already investigating it.He stated that the money was a private one and not public fund.
Part of Saraki’s statement which was tagged: “SaharaReporters’ Story Full of Falsehood and Exaggeration” reads: “The report yesterday by SaharaReporters about a burglary in the Ilorin home of Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki contained series of falsehood and at best an exaggeration of an incident which happened two weeks ago in which N12 million was stolen by some unknown persons inside the Administrative Office located next door to the house.
The incident had since been reported to the police and the Kwara State Police command are investigating the matter with a view to nail the culprits.
“There is therefore no truth in the claim by SaharaReporters that the money ran into hundreds of millions, that it was in foreign currency or that the incident happened in Dr. Saraki’s room. The amount was simply in Naira. Also, the money has nothing to do with Kwara State Government.
We wonder whether Saraki was such a poor man before 2003 when he was elected Governor that he could no longer own any money without SaharaReporters attributing the source to the State Government.”