Success Nwogu, Ilorin
A group in Kwara State, Igbeayerere Kwara, has urged the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federal, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to prosecute the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, for collecting pensions as a former governor of Kwara State while also receiving salaries and allowances as the senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District and later as the Senate President.
The co-convener of Igbeayerere Kwara, Mr. Sambo Muritala, told journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Sunday that he had written to the AGF to prosecute Saraki.
Muritala presented a copy of the letter to journalists. It indicated that the office of the AGF acknowledged receipt on Friday.
The letter said it was unlawful for Saraki to receive pensions and at the same time collect entitlements as a senator.
“It is not in dispute that Dr. Bukola Saraki on August 1, 2017 while featuring on News Agency of Nigeria’s forum stated that he had written a letter to the Kwara State Government to stop the payment of his pension and other benefits. His statement was eventually corroborated by the Secretary to the Kwara State Government that Dr. Bukola Saraki actually wrote to stop the payment and he also returned the previous payment and benefits accrued to him.
“Take notice that stoppage and refund of pension received by Dr. Bukola Saraki can never purge him of the already committed crime of taking pension and salary at the same time; rather it strengthened the case against the prospective accused person and it is a strong evidence for prosecution,” the letter read.
But Saraki’s aide, Mr. Kayode Omotose, said Saraki did not commit any offence, stating that the payment of the pension was in compliance with a Kwara State Law duly passed by the state House of Assembly and assented to by the governor.
Omotose said, “It is another fairy tale inquisition that cannot stand the test of scrutiny because there was a law to that effect duly passed by the state Assembly and assented to, as in every other states of Nigeria, which granted that privilege not only to governor but also to deputy governor.”
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