EFCC collects properties belonging to Saraki in Lagos;
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly collected few properties that belongs to Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
According to Sunday Punch, the buildings cited at 15a, 15b and 17 MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos was owned by the Senate President.
The source also confirmed that the commission placed inscription and banners on the houses after difficulties in identifying which house was really owned by Saraki.
Saraki had earlier declerd the assets on 15a and 15b in his assets declaration form, but, new investigation alleges that some buildings on the street also belongs to him.
The buildings were said to be bought by Saraki from the Presidential Implementation Committee for the merchandise of Government Property through shell companies.
In confirmation, a relative of the Senate President, who wanted his identity to be anonymous, told punch about the properties on Friday, May 10, 2019.
“The EFCC had been making inquiries into the finances and assets of Saraki for quite some time. They came to inscribe ‘EFCC, Under Investigation’ in red on the walls and the fences. The irony is that even houses that don’t belong to Saraki were marked.
“From what we were told, they are keeping him under strict surveillance ahead of May 29, 2019 when they may invite him,” he said.
Previously, the commission (EFCC) according to Punch presented evidence before the court accusing the former governor of Kwara State to owning houses on MacDonald Road during his trial in 2016, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The EFCC witness during the trial, Michael Wetkas, had said investigations showed that House №15 MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, and Block 15 Flat 1 to 4 on the same street belonged to Saraki.
The witness alleged that the Sarki’s assets were bought from the Presidential Committee on Sale of Federal Government Landed Properties in Lagos via his companies, Punch reports.
Supporting his claim, Wetkas said when the EFCC wrote to the presidential committee to seek transparency regarding a property sold to TYNITY Company Limited, the company Saraki declared in his asset declaration form, the committee’s feedback was that from their record, the only property sold to the company was No15 Macdonald Street, Ikoyi Lagos.
He also affirmed that, N123.7m was paid for the building Nō15 MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, via a bank draft from the bank account of one of Saraki’s company named Skyview Properties Limited in Access Bank.
“My lord, there was a draft of N12.8m and another draft of N20m from Zenith Bank as well as a draft of N4m from GTBank as part of payment for the purchase of House №17 MacDonald Street.
“The N20m draft came from Carlys properties and Investment Limited and a draft of 136.1m was made on January 13, 2007, for the purchase of same property.
However, in response to the suit by the EFCC, Saraki said he had been tried, discharged and acquitted on same assets.
The Senate President speaking through his media aid, Yusuf Olaniyonu, said he was yet to see a scenario were a person, who was already declared innocent by the most prestigious court in a country, was still prosecuted on-the same crime. Punch reports.
He said: “If you look and check at the addresses of the properties they have marked, they are the same properties that formed the basis of his arraignment before the Code of Conduct Tribunal and the case dragged on to the Supreme Court.
“So, if the highest court in the land had adjudicated and made a pronouncement on an issue, can it be reopened?
“It is still a reinforcement of the statement we issued during the week.”
Dr. Bukola Saraki was the governor of Kwara State between from 2003 to 2011