The news of Senator Tanko Almakura’s encounter with the Economic and financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had spread like wild fire generating mix reactions.
While some section of the public described it as an arrest long overdue his supporters resorted to prayers, wishing it does not go beyond mere invitation to clear himself, that also it does not go the way of Senator Joshua Dariye who is also a former governor of Plateau state that ended up in prison.
However, the embattled senator representing Nasarawa north senatorial district has denied reports in the social media that he was arrested by the EFCC.
Almakura alleged that he was only invited in respect of some petitions filed against him.
Reports in the social media indicated that Senator Al-Makura and his wife, were being grilled on allegations of corruption.
The senator in an interview with BBC Hausa, Thursday morning said he was invited to give his side of the story concerning some petitions against him, adding that he personally reported to EFCC, where he met with the chairman and some officials of the anti-graft agency for a short period of time.
He further disclosed that EFCC invited him before the Sallah break, but he informed them that he would appear after Sallah and they obliged.
“When I met with EFCC chairman, he told me there were petitions against me and they wanted to hear from me and my meeting with EFCC chairman wasn’t more than 10 minutes” he said.
He said he also discussed with some officials of the agency on the petitions adding that he gave them all the necessary answers.
He said the invitation has nothing to do with his ambition to contest for APC National chairman.
Al-Makura, said he is a loyal member of the party and he is waiting for the guidelines to officially declare his ambition.