Senator explains why he escorted Toyin Saraki to EFCC office

Senator Dino Melaye has explained why he accompanied Toyin Saraki, wife of Senate President, Bukola Saraki to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) headquarters when she was invited for questioning.

 

Mrs Saraki was also escorted to the anti-graft agency’s office by four other Senators and 20 members of the House of Representatives.

Melaye, who represents the Kogi West Senatorial District, explained his actions via a statement released on Friday, July 31, 2015.

It reads:

“My loyalty to friends is not only when the going is good. I will be there even when the roads are rough. The invitation of Mrs. Toyin Saraki by the EFCC, however, is not a criminal indictment.”

“I will not abandon my friend because of mere EFCC invitation. I also went there as a private investigator and an anti-corruption crusader to find out the extent of culpability of my sister and friend since she was not told the content of the petition against her before her appearance before the EFCC.”

“My definition for friendship is he or she who walks in when others are working out. If my father is invited by the EFCC, I will go there; if a prima face case is established against him, I will shout for his prosecution. So my great people, I have no regret following my friend and sister to the EFCC.”

“If you are my friend, you are my friend. I cannot control what my friends will do, but they remain my friends. I am not fighting corruption out of passion only, but because it is the Godly thing to do.”

Mrs Saraki was invited over funds traced to some companies she has interests in.

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