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By Bukola Olasanmi

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu on Tuesday said the fresh probe of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki is either not personal or a witch-hunt.

He said the investigation of Saraki is not different from other investigations being done by the anti-graft agency.

He also said he is not slowing down on the anti-graft war because corruption is a national disaster.

Magu made the clarifications in a chat with newsmen shortly after receiving an outstanding award from Euro Knowledge Forum , led by Mrs. Yinka Fayomi, in Abuja.

The EFCC on Saturday sealed off five choice mansions allegedly traced to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

The mansions were suspected to have been acquired with state funds while he was the governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.

The assets were suspected by the EFCC not to have been declared by Saraki.

Saraki is being probed by the EFCC for his earnings and acquisitions in office as a governor between 2003 and 2011; how a N17billion bond was spent; allocations to the state from the Federation Account while in office and some suspicious transactions by the state government in the administration of the outgoing Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State.

Saraki has however described the seizure as a witch-hunt and battle against a political enemy.

Magu, who insisted that the war against corruption is not personal, said he was not after anybody

He said: “Never, never, the EFCC does not witch-hunt. Have I invited you here before? We invite people who have committed crimes and people who are corrupt. If you are not corrupt, you will not be in EFCC. If you are not a 419, Advance Fee Fraud, Yahoo boy or Internet fraudsters , you will not be in EFCC.

“We do our homework very well. Sometimes, we conduct preliminary investigation for up to six months. You will not even know we are investigating you. We have been investigating some people for more than five years and they don’t even know we are doing it.

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