***Says EFCC’s Allegation Is False, Misleading –
The Kwara state government, on Wednesday, denied allegations by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), stating that senate President, Bukola Saraki, has been receiving monthly salaries from the state government after he left office.
Secretary to the Kwara state government, Isiaka Gold, in a swift reaction to the allegation said Saraki’s last salary was N291,474.00 for the month of May 2011.
Gold categorically noted that since May 2011 when he left office, Saraki had only been receiving pension – not salary.
The statement read, “From June 2011, former Governor Saraki started receiving his pension, which was N578,188.00 as other past governors in the country.
The statement added that after the review of pensions of former political office holders by the state pension board, the former governor’s pension increased to N1,239,493.94 monthly from October 2014 to date.
“Kwara State Government, therefore, dismisses as false and misleading, the allegation that former Governor Saraki was receiving salaries after the expiration of his two-term tenure as governor of the state.
“Interested stakeholders should seek clarification from appropriate authority to avoid misleading the public,” the statement read.