By Kunle Adedoyin
A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, Monday, ordered the interim forfeiture of the Ilorin residence of the immediate past Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
Justice Rilwan Aikawa, in his ruling, ordered the temporary forfeiture of Saraki’s two properties designated as Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State.
Justice Aikawa, while ordering the interim forfeiture of the property, directed the applicant to cause the Order to be published in a National Newspaper, inviting any one with interest in the property to show cause why the mansion valued at over N1 billion should not be forfeited to the Federal Government.
Mr Olamide Sadiq, who is an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said in an affidavit filed in support of the ex parte application that the move for the forfeiture of the houses followed the findings of the EFCC after investigation and “the report of a committee set up to review sales of Kwara State Government during the reign of the Governor of Kwara State in the year 2003 and 2011.”
He said the EFCC also received “a damning intelligence report, showing monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011.”
“Whilst the investigation was ongoing several fraudulent transactions were discovered,” Sadiq said.
“I know for a fact and verily believe that our investigation has revealed the following mind-boggling findings, among others:
“That between 2003 and 2011, Dr Olubukola Abubakar Saraki was the Executive Governor of Kwara State.
“That whilst he held the aforementioned position, the common pattern was that after payment of monthly allocation by the Federal Government to the Kwara State Government, a cumulative sum of not less than N100m will 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“That upon the payment of the said N100m, same will, in turn, be withdrawn in cash by one Mr Afeez Yusuf from the Kwara State Government House, Ilorin’s account in bits and brought to the Government House.”
The EFCC said it believed that Saraki developed the two properties with proceeds of unlawful activities.