EFCC seizes Saraki’s houses, marks others in Lagos

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Bukola Saraki, Nigeria Senate president houses has been seized by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to Sunday Punch, houses which were located at 15 a , 15 b and 17 MacDonald Road , Ikoyi , Lagos , was discovered that some of it was owned by Saraki .

Meanwhile, EFCC were not unsure which houses is actually own by the Senate President, as such decide to place inscriptions and stickers on all of them .

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15a and 15b were confirmed to own by him, because the house contains in a paper for his asset declaration, it is alleged that some other houses along street was purchased by the Saraki from the Presidential Implementation Committee for the Sales of Government Property via shell companies .

Saraki relations , who don't want it name mention, told our disclose to Punch that the houses were seized on Friday .

“ 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 .

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“From what we were told , they are keeping him under strict surveillance ahead of May 29 , 2019 when they may invite him” he said.

Evidence presenting against Saraki before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in 2016 by EFCC, claimed that Saraki owned houses at MacDonald Road but there were discrepancies in the addresses .

The EFCC witness , Michael Wetkas, EFCC witness disclosed that investigation uncovered that House No . 15 MacDonald Road , Ikoyi , Lagos , and Block 15 Flat 1 to 4 on the same street was own by Saraki .
According to him , Saraki bought the properties from the Presidential Committee on Sale of Federal Government Landed Properties in Lagos through his companies .
He added that the defendant made a bank draft in the name of TYNITY Company Limited , which he declared in the asset declaration form.
Punch said, "Wetkas noted that when the EFCC investigation team wrote to the presidential committee seeking clarification, the committee said from their records , the only property sold to the company was No . 15 Macdonald Street , Ikoyi .
Wetkas said 75 per cent , which amounted to N123 .7m was paid for House No. 15 MacDonald Road , Ikoyi , through a bank draft from the account of one of Saraki’ s company called Skyview Properties Limited in Access Bank .
He also said investigation revealed that Saraki made a bank draft through his company TYNITY and paid for House No . 17 MacDonald Road in Ikoyi , Lagos , in the sum of N 256 .3 m".

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“ My lord , there was a draft of N 12 .8 m and another draft of N 20 m from Zenith Bank as well as a draft of N 4m from GTBank as part of payment for the purchase of House No . 17 MacDonald Street .

“The N 20 m draft came from Carlys properties and Investment Limited and a draft of 136 .1 m was made on January 13 , 2007 for the purchase of same property .
“Another draft of N180 .6 m was made through Saraki ’s personal bank account in GTB.’’
The EFCC last week announced a probe into the activities of the Senate President dating back to 2003 when he became the governor of Kwara State .
The commission had written a letter to the Kwara State Government House , asking for the details of all of Saraki ’s earnings including salaries , allowances and estacode during his eight years as governor .
Meanwhile , Saraki ’s case is said to be a tricky one because apart from owning a Nigerian passport , he also holds a British passport , which means he can travel out of the country easily .
A relation of the Senate President added , “The EFCC is building its case from the CCT trial which Saraki won in 2017 . Even though he doesn ’t have immunity now , they don’t want to detain him because of his position . They are waiting for his tenure to end before pouncing on him .
“They know that when he is no longer a senator , his colleagues in the upper chamber will not be able to come to his defence and accompany him to the EFCC or to the court .”

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