Seized Range Rover: Saraki has no hand – Aide

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By Ifeanyi Nwoko

Mr  Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Affairs to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has said that Saraki has no hand in vehicle importation.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, Olaniyonu stressed that the allegation raised by the former Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume that Saraki imported bullet proof vehicles with fake papers were false.

Olaniyonu said from the facts and documents about the seized vehicle, it is obvious that the Senate President has nothing to do with the importation of any vehicle.

“A supplier was engaged by the Senate to supply a vehicle. While transferring the vehicle between Lagos and Abuja, it was impounded by the Customs.

“We believe that is an issue between the supplier and the Customs because the Senate has not taken delivery. So, why is somebody trying to drag in the name of Saraki into the issue.

“The documents on the vehicle are there for the general public to view and make their conclusions. Now, that the matter has been referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, all the facts will be out”, Olaniyonu stated.

Sen. Ndume had raised the motion for the investigation of the allegation as contained in so many social and conventional media.

He said that there was nothing wrong with investigating any presiding officer of the National Assembly as such investigation would only give them opportunity to clear their names.

At the weekend, many online and and conventional media alleged that the row between the Senate and the C-G Customs Hameed Ali was instigated by the seizure of the imported bullet proof car seized by the Customs Service.

Ndume had also called on the Senate to investigate the allegation of certificate forgery against Sen. Dino Melaye.

The Deputy President of the Senate who presided over plenary refereed the motion to the Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions to report back in four weeks.