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EFCC Is Scandalizing Me – Saraki

According to Punch Metro, former Senate President and two-term Kwara State Governor, Dr Bukola Saraki, has urged the Federal supreme court in Lagos State to dismiss a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission praying for the permanent forfeiture of his Ilorin houses.

Saraki described the suit as an abuse of court processes and a move to scandalise him.

He argued that it had been a ploy by the EFCC to review the July 6, 2018 decision of the Supreme Court “discharging the applicant from culpability arising from an equivalent money and houses which are the topic matter of this action”.

The EFCC had, within the suit filed before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, claimed that the homes – Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State – were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities allegedly perpetrated by Saraki while he was Kwara State Governor between 2003 and 2011.

Justice Aikawa, had on December 2, 2019, ordered the temporary forfeiture of the homes to the federal .

The judge adjourned for Saraki to seem before him to offer reasons why the homes shouldn’t be permanently forfeited to the federal .

In response, Saraki, through his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, SAN, filed a preliminary objection, challenging the territorial jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit.

Ogunwumiju said the new suit by the EFCC was an abuse of court processes because it had been filed at a time when a suit on an equivalent material was still pending at the Federal supreme court in Abuja.

According to him, within the Abuja suit, Justice Taiwo Taiwo had on May 14, 2019, made an order for parties to remain action on the topic matter pending the determination of an originating motion on notice.

“Despite the pendency of the above-captioned suit, service of the originating processes and therefore the subsistence of the aforesaid order of this court, the respondent surreptitiously commenced Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1867/2019 between the EFCC v Dr Bukola Saraki on 14th October 2019 during this court where it seeks orders aimed toward neutralising the order of the Abuja Division of this court,” he said.

The ex-Kwara State governor said the new EFCC’s suit was meant to “irritate, annoy and scandalise” him and urged Justice Aikawa to dismiss it.

The judge, on Tuesday, adjourned till February 5 to require arguments on Saraki’s objection.

The EFCC, within the suit, told the court that it received “a damning intelligence report, showing monumental fraud perpetrated within the treasury of the Kwara government between 2003 and 2011,” when Saraki was the governor of the state.

An operative of the EFCC, Olamide Sadiq said, “Whilst investigation was ongoing several fraudulent transactions were discovered.

“I know for a fact and verily believe that our investigation has revealed the subsequent mind-boggling findings, among others:

“That between 2003 and 2011, Dr Olubukola Abubakar Saraki was the chief Governor of Kwara State.

“That whilst he held the aforementioned position, the common pattern was that after payment of monthly allocation by the federal to the Kwara government , a cumulative sum of not but N100m are going to be deposited into the Kwara Government House account.

“That upon the payment of the said N100m, same will, in turn, be withdrawn in cash by one Mr Afeez Yusuf from the Kwara government House, Ilorin’s account in bits and delivered to the govt House

 


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