Toyin Saraki, wife of the senate president, Bukola Saraki has stated readiness to face the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which on Wednesday invited her for questioning concerning alleged corrupt practices.
According to a source in the EFCC, she is expected to appear at the EFCC headquarters on July 28, a day after late former President Umaru Yar’Adua’s daughter, Mrs. Zaina Dakingari, must have appeared. Mrs. Dakingari, wife of an ex-Governor of Kebbi State, also received an invitation from the anti-graft agency on Wednesday.
In a statement issued on Wednesday evening by Akeem Olagoke, Mrs. Saraki’s private secretary, it was acknowledged that an invitation from the EFCC was received but that no reason was stated in the letter.
Mrs. Saraki is reportedly under probe in relation to several contracts executed by companies said to be linked to her while her husband held sway as the Kwara governor.
Olagoke wrote: “Her Excellency, Mrs Toyin Saraki, Founder of Wellbeing Foundation Africa and wife of the Senate President has been informed by her office that a letter of invitation was delivered to her office, by and from the EFCC.
“As Mrs Saraki has no idea what this invitation could pertain to, she has directed an immediate and formal response, to the EFCC, that she will be delighted to assist them with any lawful enquiries they may have, as a law abiding, transparent and accountable private citizen.
“Mrs Saraki has thus confirmed an appointment date to honour this invitation, at the earliest mutually agreed convenience.”
Recall that Senator Bukola Saraki, her husband, was controversially elected the senate president on June 8 against the wishes of the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to reports, APC leader, Bola Tinubu and Buhari are currently not in speaking terms with Saraki over the incident.