Friday 30 July 2021


By: Willy Punvwet,

Sen. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has denied claims that, he was arrested by the EFCC, explaining that he was only invited in respect of some petitions against him.

Sen. Al-Makura was reacting to some Media reports that, he was arrested by the EFCC alongside his wife.

Sen. Al-Makura, in an interview with BBC Hausa monitored by this Newspaper on Thursday, said he was invited to give his side of the story concerning some petitions against him.

He disclosed that, he personally reported to EFCC, where he met with the Chairman and some officials of the anti-graft agency for a short period of time.

The Senator, who represents Nasarawa South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, blamed rumour mongers for peddling falsehood, while describing it as baseless.

He explained that, EFCC invited him before the Sallah break, but he informed them that he would appear after Sallah, which they obliged.

He disclosed that, when he met with the EFCC Chairman, he told him that there were petitions against him, adding that, “they wanted to hear from him”.

He said his meeting with the EFCC Chairman did not last for more than 10 minutes.

Almakura said, he also seized the opportunity to discuss with some officials of the agency on the petitions and he gave them all the necessary explanation they desired.

He said, “Far from it, the invitation has nothing to do with my ambition to contest for APC National Chairman. I am a loyal member of the party and I am waiting patiently for the guidelines to officially declare my ambition.

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