– Kwara govt said the last amount it paid Mr Saraki as salary was N291,474.00 meant for May, 2011 – his last month in office
– Kwara govt advised interested stakeholders to seek clarification from appropriate authority to avoid misleading the public
As expected, the Kwara state government has denied claims that it paid the former governor of the state now senate president, Bukola Saraki four years after the end of his tenure.
Recall that an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission testified before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, saying Mr. Saraki kept drawing salary from Kwara Government after he left office in 2011 and had been elected senator.
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But the state government said the last amount it paid Mr. Saraki as salary was N291,474.00 meant for May, 2011 – his last month in office.
Speaking through a press statement, the govt said: “From June 2011, former Governor Saraki started receiving his pension which was N578,188.00 as other past governors in the country. 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, dismissed 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.”
The statement “advised interested stakeholders to seek clarification from appropriate authority to avoid misleading the public.”
Also, the director general of the Abubakar Bukola Saraki Constituency Office, Abdulwahab Isa, has also come to the defence of his boss.
“His pension which was paid into a special account has been managed by a group of trustees and used for education endowment for students across the state,” he was quoted by Premium Times.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal is trying Mr. Saraki for corruption charges brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau. Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to swing into action and arrest Nigerians named in the Panama Paper leaks with secret offshore companies.
So far, Nigerians named in the leak are embattled senate president, Bukola Saraki, Former Senate President David Mark, Saraki’s wife, Toyin, former Delta State Governor James Ibori, Mr. Laolu Saraki, Mr. Obi Asika, Olufela Ibidapo and former Defence Minister Gen. Yakubu Danjuma.