Toyin Saraki, the wife of Senate President Bukola Saraki, left the main offices of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today after more than five hours of intense questions by investigators. Today was the second day Mrs. Saraki was grilled by officials of the anti-corruption commission about her involvement in laundering funds allegedly looted during her husband’s two-term tenure as governor of Kwara State.
SaharaReporters had disclosed how Senate President Saraki and his wife collaborated in looting funds from Kwara state using fictitious names of depositors. The couple also scammed numerous other banks by taking out dubious loans, and plundering funds belonging to Kwara State.
SaharaReporters also revealed that Mrs. Saraki helped launder her husband’s ill-gotten cash through various shady banking transactions and by making deposits into their personal accounts.
An EFCC investigator told a SaharaReporters correspondent this evening that Mrs. Saraki “left knowing that there is a strong case against her.”
The investigator also disclosed that “many of the allegations against her [Mrs. Saraki] connect directly” to Mr. Saraki’s own activities.
EFCC officials told SaharaReporters on Tuesday that Mrs. Saraki arrived at their offices totally unprepared, and left shocked at how much investigators knew of her alleged crimes.
On Tuesday, an entourage of politicians and power brokers, including Senator Dino Melaye- who once headed an anti-corruption NGO- accompanied Mrs. Saraki to the EFCC offices in Abuja. SaharaReporters attempted to reach Senator Melaye to ascertain whether he accompanied Mrs. Saraki again today, but he could not be reached by phone.
A source at the EFCC told SaharaReporters that Mrs. Saraki “may be asked to return again for questioning” related to the commission’s ongoing investigation into alleged theft and money laundering involving her husband and her.
The EFCC source said the anti-corruption would now explore issues that arose from Mrs. Saraki’s responses to investigators’ questions.