Saraki appears before Senate panel, denies ownership of N289m jeep

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has appeared before a Senate committee to defend himself against an allegation that he imported a N289m bullet proof jeep with a forged documents of the Nigeria Customs Service.

He told the ethics, privilege and public petitions committee that he did not import any Range Rover jeep as stated in the report.

“I am not an importer,” he said.

 He added, “As the President of the 8th Senate and Senator from Kwara Central, I am proud of the Senate as an institution and its Constitutional role to represent the interests of the Nigerian people.

“Further, I am proud to honour the Senate Rule Book that guides our conduct and activities, which is why today I am presenting myself to the Committee today.

“I am here in person because I believe that what you are doing will help strengthen this institution.

“The institution must continue to be strengthened to carry out its mandate, rather than strengthening individuals.”

The Senate president urged the committee to protect the institution of the Senate not to be ridiculed by those out to tarnish it and the reputation of individuals.

Recalling that the Senate challenged the Customs duty policy in the overall interest of Nigerians, the Senate President said some people are now fighting the Senate for raising the issue.

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