Immediate past president of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki has dismissed any relationship with the suspected international internet fraudster Hushpuppi, saying the call by the All Progressives Congress, APC for him to be probed was bad politics.
Saraki in a statement issued by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu described the APC’s call as irresponsible.
His assertion followed calls by the APC earlier on Saturday for some Peoples Democratic Party, PDP leaders including Atiku Abubakar, himself, Senator Dino Melaye, among others should be investigated over interactions they reportedly had with the suspected internet fraudster in Dubai.
Responding, he said:
“The statement credited to the APC, the ruling party in our country, is one of the ways by which our anti-graft agencies are weakened and why the fight against corruption in the country is often viewed with suspicion by the international community.
“This is because when these cyber-crime suspects were operating freely and openly displaying wealth, the APC saw nothing bad in their activities.
“Also, the party at that time did not deem it necessary to call on the anti-graft agencies to investigate their activities.
“Also, since the arrest of those cybercrime suspects and the subsequent damage to the image and the economy of Nigeria as well as the crisis it created for Nigerians engaged in lawful businesses across the world, the ruling party had been muted (sic).
“The only time the APC deemed it necessary to make a statement was when it thought it should play dirty, cheap and irresponsible politics.
“Dr. Saraki was the only political leader who has publicly made a statement through an Op-Ed article published in the Daily Trust newspaper of July 1, 2020 titled ‘Cyber Criminals: Confronting The Few Who Dent Many.’
“At this point, we call on the APC leadership to rein in the so-called Yekini Nabena and compel him to desist from making and circulating such malicious, odious and offensive claims.”