Bukola Saraki

A federal high court sitting in Lagos has ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties belonging to former senate president, Abubakar Bukola Saraki in the Ikoyi area of the state.

A counsel of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), Nnaemeka Omewa, had approached the court, seeking an order of interim forfeiture of the properties located at 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa local government area of Lagos. He had told the court that they were acquired through proceeds of unlawful activities.

Part of the reliefs sought by the anti corruption agency included an order of this honourable Court forfeiting to the Federal Government of Nigeria landed property with appurtenances situate, lying and known as No. 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State found and recovered from the respondent which property is reasonably suspected to have been acquired with proceeds of unlawful activity.

The EFCC alleged that while serving as governor of Kwara state, Saraki withdrew over N12 billion cash from the account of the Kwara government and paid same into his accounts domiciled in Access and Zenith Banks through one of his personal assistant, Abdul Adama.

Delivering ruling on the application, the presiding judge, Mohammed Liman, ordered interim forfeiture of the two properties.

He also instructed that the EFCC should publish the order in a national newspaper within 14 days, for anyone with interest in the properties to show cause, why they should not be finally forfeited to the federal government.


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