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ALLEGED N15BN FRAUD: I’m ready for legitimate scrutiny, not media trial —Sen Wamakko



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The senator representing Sokoto-North, Aliyu Wamakko has reacted to reports of a move by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe him over an alleged N15 billion fraud.

A recent media report had quoted the spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, of affirming that the anti-graft agency would be questioning Wamakko “on allegations of theft of public funds and money laundering totalling N15 billion.”

But in his response in a statement signed by his special assistant on media and publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani, Wamakko said he was willing at any time to submit himself for “legitimate scrutiny, not media trial”.

Wamakko, a former governor of Sokoto State, claimed that the petition the media quoted accusing him of the fraud was “non-existent” and came from “faceless persons”.

He added that the allegation was only targeted at tarnishing his image. He called on those involved to publish his bank accounts and other details to back their claims.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this fake and debilitating report was circulated by the same deluded agents of doom and merchants of falsehood in April 2018, but their heinous efforts failed woefully.

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“The purported petition did not emanate from the EFCC, but from some chronic merchants of falsehood. I am human, capable of making mistakes, a loyal citizen that is not above the law, therefore I can submit myself for legitimate scrutiny and not this mere media trial,” he said.

Wamakko was said to have committed the alleged fraud when he was the governor of Sokoto from 2007 to 2015.

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