Breaking: Saraki has returned his pensions from Kwara, says Kwara State Government

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The Kwara state government has stated that Senate president
and two term governor of the state has returned all the pensions he got from
the state. Saraki According to a statement signed by Alhaji Sola Isiaka Gold
who is the secretary to the state government, it was Saraki who on his own
volition considered the morality of the situation in which the pension would
put him since he is still a serving Senator and chose to abandon his legal
rights. The statement read:
“Dr Saraki, as a two-term Governor, is entitled to pension
as stipulated by the third schedule, Paragraph D (i) of the Governor and Deputy
Governor ((payment of pension) Law, No. 12 of 2010 of Kwara State.
“The said pension has been duly remitted to his account,
like other former Governors’, since he left office but when via a letter dated
20th August 2015 addressed to the state government, Dr Saraki requested that
the payment of pension to his account be stopped and the amount already
credited to the account be refunded to the Government, the State Government
promptly complied.
“The Government not only stopped the payment of the said
pension, the amount already paid into Dr. Saraki’s account since he left office
was deducted from the money owed to him as well as his other outstanding lawful
entitlements.
“In view of the foregoing, it should be noted that neither
the Kwara State Government nor Dr. Bukola Saraki violated the state pension law
or any other law for that matter. The State Pension Law empowers the State
Government to pay pension to former Governors of the State.
 “The Kwara State
Government will want to reiterate the fact that it was Dr Saraki who on his own
volition considered the morality of the situation in which the pension would
put him since he is still a serving Senator and chose to abandon his legal
rights. We believe he should be commended for decision. “It is the hope of the
Kwara State Government that this clarification will end all the controversy
about this issue.

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