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N310 million was never stolen from Bukola Saraki’s house, aide insists


Senate President Bukola Saraki at the National Assembly PHOTO: TWITTER/NIGERIAN SENATE

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has described the allegations that the sum of N310 million stolen from a Bureau de Change operator in November 2015, by suspected operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and some army personnel as mischievous and is aimed at misleading the public.

Saraki, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, insisted that the DSS had issued a statement where it stated that it had arrested some of its men that partook in robbing a Bureau de Change operator in Abuja, adding that Saraki, has nothing to do with the said stolen money by suspected security agents then and even now as being maliciously peddled by some online media to tarnish his image.

According to him, when the incident was reported by the media in December 2015, the Senate president office debunked the report saying Saraki had nothing to do with the money allegedly stolen.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Media Office of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has been drawn to a rehash of mischievous and concocted allegations aimed at misleading the public with spurious claims that the Senate President allegedly owned the sum of N310 million said to have been stolen from a Bureau de Change operator in November 2015, by suspected operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and some army personnel.

“We still insist that he has nothing to do with the money and we challenge those still rehashing the stale and fake news to avail themselves of the reports of the police and the DSS on the matter to avoid misleading members of the public unnecessarily.

“Let me state that the Senate President has no army personnel among his security details. Therefore, it becomes absurd for one of the suspect in the robbery to have claimed according to the report that the money was brought to the Senate President’s house from where they connived to steal it.

“The report remains a lie which must be disregarded by the public, and should it be re-circulated tomorrow, it will still remain a lie. At best we count this unwarranted fake report as part of the April fool ritual. But the public deserves a better deal from its sponsors and purveyors.

“Besides, the content and intention of the fake is nothing but baseless allegations emanating from the infantile minds of unreasonable interlopers, hell bent on rubbing mud on the reputation of a distinguished Nigerian, who is today in his capacity as the Senate President, is working assiduously with critical stakeholders to stabilize and grow our economy. Enough is enough,” the statement noted.

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