For about six hours yesterday, investigators of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) grilled Mrs. Oluwatoyin Saraki, wife of Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
Saraki was invited by the Commission for questioning over alleged shady contracts during her husband’s tenure as governor of Kwara between 2003 and 2011.
The invitation was in relation to alleged contracts executed by companies said to be linked to her while her husband was Kwara state governor.
She was accompanied to the EFCC by a large crowd of supporters from Kwara state.
Also among those that accompanied Mrs Saraki to the EFCC were 5 senators and 20 members of the House of Representatives and the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly.
The senators included Dino Maleye, Peter Nwaobosi, Abdul Abubakar, Binta Mashin and Isa Misau.
Mrs Saraki left the commission at 6.15 pm but refused to entertain any question from journalists. However, in a statement issued on her behalf by her private secretary Hakeem Olagoje, Mrs. Saraki assured the public of her readiness and willingness to cooperate fully with the EFCC on the investigation.
She said: “As a citizen with the utmost respect for the highest standards of transparency and democratic accountability, Mrs. Toyin Saraki visited the EFCC today as per their invitation.
“Mrs. Saraki made herself available to assist the commission wholeheartedly with any lawful enquiry they may have. Following today’s visit, Mrs Saraki will continue to cooperate fully with the EFCC and hopes for a prompt and positive resolution in satisfaction of this enquiry.”
“Having placed an emphasis on the importance of accountability, transparency and diligent reporting, Mrs. Saraki maintains that she has always operated within the law and to the highest standards of global compliance in all of her activities. The statement added:
The statement further read, “Mrs. Saraki reaffirmed her willingness to assist the EFCC and expects that the spirit of this enquiry will follow the global standards and principles of open democracy, transparency and impartially that the EFCC and other similar organisations around the world are founded upon.
Mrs. Saraki looks forward to drawing a line under the matter and continuing in her global advocacy on maternal, newborn and child health.