Properties Forfeiture: Court Fixes Date For Judgement On Saraki's Houses
The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed April 27 to rule on whether or not former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, will forfeit his two Ikoyi houses to the Federal Government.
Justice Rilwan Aikawa fixed the date on Thursday after listening to the arguments of the prosecutor which is the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC) and the defendant.
In its submission before the court, counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, said the former Senate President spent N1.09 billion on the two houses, funds which he alleged were stolen from the coffers of Kwara State.
The anti-graft claimed that it had evidence that Saraki, who was Kwara State governor between 2003 and 2011, diverted not less than N1 billion belonging to the state.
It later obtained an interim order temporarily forfeiting the houses – Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State – to the Federal Government On December 2, 2019.
The commission urged the court to make the interim forfeiture order permanent, a move that Saraki, through his lawyer, Mr Kehinde Ogunwunmiju, vehemently opposed.
In an affidavit filed before the court, an officer of the EFCC, Bilikisu Buhari, said the anti-graft agency found that while he was governor, Saraki allegedly diverted N100 million on a monthly basis from the federal allocation to the state.
She claimed that the money was usually diverted from the Kwara State government account to the account of the Kwara State Government House.