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Saraki distances self from Hushpuppi, warns APC to desist from making “malicious” claims

Saraki distances self from Hushpuppi, warns APC to desist from making “malicious” claims

Former Senate President and chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, Bukola Saraki has distanced himself from the arrested Ramon Abbas, widely known as Hushpuppi.

Saraki, in a statement released on Saturday in reaction to the call by the ruling All Progressives Congress for the probe of some PDP leaders over alleged link to the internet crime suspect, said he has in the past stood against crime..

He warned the APC should desist from circulating such malicious claims, calling out the party for not doing anything to investigate the suspect when he was engaging in extravagant display of wealth.

“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 cybercrime 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.

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“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 cybercriminals 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 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.

“At this point, we call on the APC leadership to rein in the so-called Yekini Nabena and compel him to desist from making and circulating such malicious, odious and offensive claims,” the statement read.

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