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CCT: Saraki used different bank drafts to buy Ikoyi, Lagos properties – EFCC Witness

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Bukola SarakiAn EFCC witness, Michael Wetkas, on Monday, told the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) that Senate President Bukola Saraki used different bank drafts to buy properties in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Saraki is facing a 13-count charge bordering on allegations of false asset declaration and money laundering. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges.

At the resumed hearing of the case, the EFCC witness, who was led in evidence by prosecution counsel Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) said Saraki bought the properties through his companies.

He said investigations revealed that House No. 15, Macdonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos and Block 15, Flat 1 to 4 of the same street belonged to Saraki.

According to him, the senate president bought the properties from the Presidential Committee on Sale of Federal Government Landed Properties in Lagos through his companies.

He added that the defendant made a bank draft in the name of TYNITY Company Limited, which he declared in the Asset declaration form.

He noted that when the EFCC investigation team wrote to the Presidential Committee seeking clarification, the committee said that from their records, the only property sold to the company was No. 15, Macdonald Street, Ikoyi.

Wetkas said 75 per cent, which amounted to N123.7million was paid for House No. 15, Macdonald Street, Ikoyi, through a bank draft from the account of one of Saraki’s company called Skyview Properties Limited in Access Bank.

He also said that investigation revealed that the defendant made a bank draft through his company TYNITY and paid for House No. 17, Macdonald Street in Ikoyi, Lagos in the sum of N256.3million.

“My lord, there was a draft of N12.8 million and another draft of N20 million from Zenith Bank, as well as a draft of N4 million from GTBank as part of payment for the purchase of House No. 17, Macdonald Street. The N20 million draft came from Carlys Properties and Investment Limited and a draft of N136.1 million was made on Jan. 13, 2007 for the purchase of the same property. Another draft of N180.6 million was made through Saraki`s personal bank account in GTB,” he said.

The prosecution tendered a total of 43 exhibits, which were admitted in evidence.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Umar Danladi, then turned down a request by Saraki’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), asking for daily records of proceedings of the court.

In his argument, Danladi said the request would not be possible because it would over burden the registry of the court and that the law required defence to apply within a specific time and not daily.

However, a mild drama ensued when Agabi urged the tribunal not to further fix trial dates at a time when Senate was having plenary.

The tribunal, however, overruled his submission, saying it was the defendant that was facing trial and not the Senate.

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6 Comments

  1. bruno

    April 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    saraki na only waka come? house here house there. how do u maintain these properties sef. the upkeep for all these properties must cost a mini fortune.

  2. Ify

    April 19, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Saraki is such a Greedy Man, I just hope does’nt go Free!!!

  3. Na wa

    April 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    This guy should just kukuma resign nah. All of these scandals – only him. Africans are strong sha, even 1% of these accusations is reason enough for oyinbo to abdicate, but not a black man, he must die there.

  4. kobayashi

    April 19, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I don’t understand..is it a crime to purchase property? what are they trying to establish here? Provide evidence of how he syphoned the funds and lets move on.

    • A.D.A.

      April 19, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      He’s also charged with false asset declaration; I assume they have to prove that he paid for properties that he didn’t declare/claims he doesn’t own.

  5. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    April 19, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Nigeria is greater than all of us, including you Bukola Saraki. Don’t allow your ambition to cloud your judgement. Respect the office of the Senate president. Resign your position as the Senate President. Stop dragging Nigeria through this mess. I saw you sitting inside the duck this morning, with your hand on your cheek, I guess, you got to feel how ordinary Nigerians feel when brought before any judge after committing a crime. Especially the thoughts going through your mind. suddenly, you soon realized your fate now lies in this judge’s hands. How do you like that? How are the mighty fallen? By now every Nigerians home and abroad knows you broke the law. if convicted, you will forfeit everything you failled to disclosed and may also go to jail. History will not be kind to you if convicted. You will be remembered as a man who once had it all, only to loose it all because he failed to speak the truth. The lesson I want every Nigerians, young and old to learn from this Senate President trial is to always speak the truth. Because the truth they say shall set you free. A word is enough for the wise. I ‘ m just saying.

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