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Failed bank: EFCC grills Saraki

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For hours yesterday, former Kwara State
Governor Bukola Saraki was a guest of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC). He was grilled by the anti-graft agency over the
failure of family-owned Societe Generale Bank
of Nigeria (SGBN). SGBN is believed to have transformed to
Heritage Bank, which began operation a few
months ago. Saraki now represents Kwara Central in the
Senate. Investigation revealed that EFCC invited Saraki
following six petitions by some aggrieved
groups. About eight cases were said to have arisen
from the said petitions, some of which were
rated as politically motivated. This is the third time Saraki would be
investigated by EFCC. He was probed in 2004, 2010 and last year by
the EFCC and the Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of
the police. Saraki reportedly arrived at the commission
about 10am and left at 6p.m. A highly- placed source in the EFCC, who spoke
in confidence, said: “Our job is to simply ask
the former governor to respond to all
allegations, no matter how frivolous. “If there is no prima facie case against him, we
will set the ex-governor free. We invited the
governor before the Sallah break and he has
decided to honour our summons”. Responding to a question, the source added: “It
is too early to go into the merits or demerits of
the allegations against the former governor.” EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity Mr. Wilson
Uwujaren confirmed that Saraki interacted with
an EFCC team on sundry issues.


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