Saraki, who gave the explanation in Abuja through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, also explained that the money was stolen from the Administrative Office located next door to the house.
He said, “Unknown persons broke into the safe in the Administrative Office and stole the N12m. The incident had since been reported to the police and the Kwara State Police Command is investigating the matter with a view to nailing the culprits.
“There is therefore no truth in the claim by SaharaReportersthat the money ran into hundreds of millions; that it was in foreign currency or that the incident happened in Dr. Saraki’s room. The amount was simply in naira and the money has nothing to do with the Kwara State Government.”
The statement further explained that the money “does not belong to the Kwara State Government, as being insinuated by some people.”
It argued that Saraki was not a poor man before 2003 when he was elected the state governor and that it was unfortunate that some people believe that he could no longer own any money without people attributing the source of his wealth to the Kwara State Government.
The statement noted that Saraki would allow the police to do their work and unravel the person or persons behind the theft.