EFCC Witness Tells Court How Saraki Built Personal House With Kwara Government Funds

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Sadiq, an investigator the and Financial Crimes Commission, has spoken how ex Senate President, Bukola Saraki allegedly diverted funds, SaharaReporters reports.

Sadiq told Justice Mohammed Liman a , Ikoyi, Lagos, how a Senate President and ex-governor Kwara State, Bukola Saraki, diverted funds belonging to the Kwara State Government to build private houses at 17 and 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa Local Government Area Lagos.

The EFCC had secured an order of interim forfeiture of the , which was published in The Nation Newspaper of October 25, 2019.

Subsequently, the anti-graft agency had approached the court for a forfeiture of the , prompting the court to fix a date for both to call deponents and witnesses.

Testifying before the court, an operative of the EFCC, who was led-in-evidence by Nnaemeka Omewa narrated how investigation indicated certain infractions relating to monies withdrawn the state’s treasury during the administration of Saraki spanning 2003 to 2011.

He also told the court that findings necessitated the extension of investigation to the accounts belonging to the state and to interview persons believed to be in the know of how monies withdrawn the accounts of the state were paid into the GTB account of Saraki.

According to Sadiq, those interviewed during investigation said that there was a directive Saraki that the withdrawn be given to one Abdul Adama, a personal aide of the governor.

He said, “As part of investigation, we wrote to GTB requesting for the statement of Dr Bukola Saraki, and there was need to interrogate Mr Bayo Abdulrahman Daudu.

“We were able to lay our hands on some of the documents but some had been mutilated; the documents showed several payments of withdrawn from the state coffers and deposited at various times into the account of Saraki domiciled in GTB.

“From investigation, these in question were purchased loan obtained from GTB which was paid off withdrawn from the state, deposited into Saraki’s GTB account to defray the loan.

“The same period the money were withdrawn from the account, they were deposited into the account of Saraki.”

Earlier in the course of proceedings, Omewa had also called on Yusuf as a witness, who also corroborated his role in withdrawing money from the account based on the instruction of his boss, Isiaka Kareem, then Controller, Finance and Account at the , to be given to persons on a list given to him by Isiaka.

About N1,160,000,000 withdrawn from the government account was alleged by the EFCC to have been diverted over the period of investigation.

Saraki’s counsel, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), while cross-examining the witnesses, however, argued that in his personal status as an accomplished businessman before becoming governor, Saraki was capable of acquiring properties without government money.

The case has been adjourned until December 16, 2020 for written addresses.