The President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, yesterday, said burglars broke into his country home in Ilorin, Kwara State, and carted away N12 million. The incident, which occurred two weeks ago, has since been reported to the Kwara State Police Command and investigations have commenced.
According to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, a report published by an online media on the issue insinuating that Saraki’s domestic aides were responsible for the theft was untrue and misleading, adding that the perpetrators were yet to be identified. Olaniyonu also said the amount of money stolen was N12 million and not N300 million as reported by the said online media.
In the statement made available to the media, Olaniyonu explained that the unknown persons broke into the safe in the Administrative Office , stressing that the incident did not take place in Saraki’s room as claimed in some online news platforms.
He took exception to the insinuations that the stolen money belonged to the Kwara State Government, stressing that the money has nothing to do with Kwara State Government.
Olaniyonu condemned attempts by a section of the media to create the impression that any money spent by Saraki or that is in his possession is from Kwara State Government. He said such thinking is unfounded, saying such reports were unwarranted, irresponsible and lacked any basis.
“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.