Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has described the story by an online medium, Sahara Reporters insisting that the money stolen during an Abuja robbery incident in which some soldiers and Department of State Security (DSS) officials were arrested belong to him as another fairy tale and outright falsehood, which are the hallmarks of the medium. He said the money does not belong to him.
In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki reiterated his earlier statement that he knew nothing about the money and that the security agencies have on their own confirmed that the money belong to the operator of an Abuja based bureau de change.
“Also, the Bureau de Change operator has admitted to investigators that the money belongs to him. However, Sahara Reporters owned by one Omoyele Sowore, having realised that it goofed has been holding on to straw and piecing together inaccurate information, outright falsehood and manipulation of situations to create a story that will support their false position.
“It is unfortunate that the online medium and its sponsors are exploiting the loopholes in the law to malign the character of people, make false and exaggerated claims and even disrupt criminal investigations with the belief that they cannot be made to account for their illegal activities because they operate outside the country.
“If the medium has access to people who are fugitive from the law on allegations of robbery, should they not help the investigators by reporting to the relevant security agencies? At this point, the security agencies are advised to look at the claims made by this online medium and take appropriate step. This is another irresponsible story from the stable of an organisation that has little regards for ethics and morals of the noble profession of journalism.
“The Senate President will want Nigerians to recall that he had earlier sent a letter dated March 17, 2016 to the Director General of the DSS and followed up with a reminder calling on him to investigate the robbery case and let members of the public know the outcome so as to establish that he has nothing to do with the stolen funds. By now, one would have expected the SSS to have concluded their investigation and make public the outcome.