The Kano Central Senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC has denied his alleged involvement in any act of money laundering activities.
Abdulkareem Abdulsalam Zaura, also advised the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to always follow due process by aligning itself with statutory laws before embarking on any prosecution or arrest.
The politician went further by daring the Anti Graft Agency to meet him at the Supreme Court, having been cleared and pronounced innocent of all allegations by the High Court in Kano State.
The call followed the EFCC’s recent declaration to launch a manhunt for the arrest of A.A Zaura, who has been under investigation for an alleged money laundering.
Speaking during a press briefing at the Nigerian Union of Journalists Secretariat, Abuja, Personal Assistant to AA Zaura and Spokesman for his Campaign Organisation, Ibrahim Garba, said the EFCC should not let its recent threat to effect an arrest on his principal to look like cutting corners to obtain Justice, a move he said was against President Muhammadu Buhari’s principle on adherence to the rule of law.
Ibrahim who said the accused person, AA Zaura had no link with the charges levelled against him, disclosed that Zaura’s legal team had “since filed a similar petition to the Supreme Court for further hearing on the matter”.
Consequently, he demanded that, “In as much as we appreciate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) role on the matter, we appeal for a fair hearing on the matter so that a proper investigation is done so as not to ridicule the process because of his hard-earned reputation which was earned through hard work over the years.
“We have seen how great people are made and we also have seen how great institutions collapse for lack of self-evaluation, our only appeal to the EFCC is that they should meet us at the Supreme Court to test the law to avert infractions.
“Our principal is not evading court procedures but we appeal to a section of the media not to be biased on this matter. We urge them to please take a step further in asking the right questions so that facts can be established before rushing to the press.
He concluded by “advising EFCC to reduce media trial and focus on its Constitutional mandate as Zaura’s appeal was pending before the Supreme Court”, as “the arraignment was also adjourned to 30th January 2023.