The Department of State Security (DSS) has cleared the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, of ownership of N310 million alleged to have been stolen from his house.
“The story making the rounds that the N310 million belonging to the Senate President was stolen in 2015 is a malicious falsehood. From our investigation, the money in question did not belong to the senate President or any member of the National Assembly for that matter,” a top official of the premier security agency who declined being named said yesterday.
This will be the second time the security agency would be clearing Saraki of owning the money reportedly stolen by operatives of the service now standing trial.
The DSS, in December 2015, had said it arrested one of its personnel Abdulrasheed Maigari, alongside others, for allegedly robbing a bureau de change operator in Abuja of N310 million.
The stolen money was reported to be allegedly belonging to Senator Saraki – an allegation he denied.
However, Vanguard newspaper said that the DSS stated in clear terms that the cash did not belong to Saraki or any member of the National Assembly.
Rather, the DSS accused its dismissed staff, Maigari, who is now standing trial for armed robbery, of trying to fabricate a lie for a hidden motive.
Maigari, a former DSS operative, had said that he and others connived to steal the huge cash from the Senate President’s home when they were working as security operatives in his house.
The source in the DSS said Maigari’s recent claim “is nothing but a made up story to achieve a hidden motive. The fact that Maigari, who is currently standing trial for an armed robbery case, could make up such a false claim is a further indication of how criminally minded he is.”
“It was for his (Maigari) criminal behaviour that we dismissed him from the service in 2015 and subsequently charged him to court.”
“Any attempt to link the Senate President or any member of the National Assembly with the stolen N310 million will be sheer blackmail and an outright mischief.”