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Saraki debunks rumour of links with Hushpuppi

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has outrightly debunked allegations of All Progressive Congress (APC) ,saying he has link with the recent arrested cyber crime suspect , Ramon Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi. He voiced this out, describing the allegations of the party as ‘irresponsible and reckless cheap politics.’

Hushpuppi ,who after being arrested recently in Dubai was extradited to the United States over alleged involvement in money-laundering and cyber crimes.

It could be recalled, on Saturday, in a statement, APC allegedly said the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) chieftains, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Former Speaker Yabuku Dogara, Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye of having ties with the suspected cyber criminal.

In a statement by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki said he has no form of association with Hushpuppi and neither is he an acquaintance in anyway.

According to him: “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 cyber crime 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.

“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” and this opinion article had been widely circulated online and on other platforms.

“In that article, he strongly condemned the activities of these cyber criminals and called on the law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to make decisive interventions to checkmate their activities.

“He has also got a research institution, the Politeia Institute, whose board he chairs to commence a research on the best ways to tackle the menace.

“Such a noble intervention in tackling a menace is what Dr. Saraki believes in, not mudslinging and playing politics at the expense of the nation’s image.

The APC leadership was thereby cautioned “ to rein in the so-called Yekini Nabena and compel him to desist from making and circulating such malicious, odious and offensive claims.”

Fatimah Oyesanmi

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