Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Sunday confirmed that thieves carted away the sum of N12 million and not N300 million from his country home in Ilorin, Kwara State. In a statement signed by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, he reiterated that the money stolen from Dr. Saraki was personal funds.
The Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity stated that unknown persons broke into the safe in the Administrative Office and stole the money. He also said the police was informed of the burglary two weeks ago when the incident occurred. Mr. Olaniyonu said:
“There is therefore no truth in the claim by Sahara Reporters that the money ran into hundreds of millions, that it was in foreign currency or that the incident happened in Dr. Saraki’s room. The amount was simply in Naira. Also, the money has nothing to do with Kwara State Government”
“For the umpteenth time, we need to reiterate the fact that SaharaReporters’ fixation that any money spent by Saraki or that is in his possession is from Kwara State Government is unfounded, unwarranted, lacks any basis and irresponsible”
“We wonder whether Dr. Saraki was such a poor man before 2003 when he was elected Governor that he could no longer own any money without Sahara Reporters attributing the source to the State Government”
“In its usual unethical and disgraceful haste to assassinate the Character of the Senate President, Sahara Reporters ignored the simple professional practice for it to contact the Police to find out the facts of the incident. It merely created its own usually fictional story and published it. This is an online publication that cares not about its credibility or the journalism credo that facts are sacred and opinion is free”
“We call on all members of the public to ignore all the claims in the story. Dr. Saraki will allow the police to do their work and unravel the person or persons behind this theft in the Administrative Office,” he stated
Mr. Olaniyonu did not disclose why the Senate President, who is being prosecuted for false asset declaration, needed that much cash in his house.