As the probe of underpayment of import duty on a N298m bullet proof Range Rover, allegedly by the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, gets underway, the man(Saraki) at centre of the scandal has denied ownership of the controversial vehicle.
The car, with chassis number “SALGV3TF3EA190243, according to reports was seized on January 11, 2017 by officers of the Nigerian Custom in Lagos on the grounds that the import duty valued at N74 million was not paid.
Documents retrieved from the driver of the exotic range as at the time it was seized indicated that it was owned by Senate President BukolaSaraki.
However, in a statement released by his spokesman, Yusuf Olaniyonu, Senator Saraki distanced himself from the vehicle, describing the scandal as “outright falsehood”.
The statement reads in part, ‘From the facts and documents about the seized vehicle, it is obvious that the Senate President has nothing to do with the importation of any vehicle, the allegation raised today by Senator Ali Ndume linking Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki to the importation of vehicle lacks basis as it was outright falsehood
“A supplier was engaged by the Senate to supply a vehicle. While transferring the vehicle between Lagos and Abuja, it was impounded by the Customs. We believe that is an issue between the supplier and the Customs because the Senate has not taken delivery. So, why is somebody trying to drag in the name of Saraki into the issue.
“The documents on the vehicle are there for the general public to view and make their conclusions. Now, that the matter has been referred to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, all the facts will be out.”