Former governor of Kwara State and the immediate past Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that his Ilorin home was funded partly with funds provided by Kwara State Government in fulfilment of the Governor and Deputy Governor Pension Law 2010 of Kwara State.
The lawyers representing Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who appeared before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court, Lagos, opposed the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the forfeiture of his Ilorin home.
A statement issued by the Abubakar Bukola Saraki Media Office and signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the house was funded partly with funds provided by Kwara State Government in fulfilment of the Governor and Deputy Governor (Payment of Pension) Law 2010 of Kwara State.
Led by Mr Kehinde Ogunwumiju, SAN, Dr Saraki’s lawyers argued that all the exaggerated claims by the EFCC on withdrawal of government money and its use to acquire property, were the same claims made before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court between September 22, 2015 and July 6, 2018, when all the courts concluded and gave judgement respectively to the effect that there was no prima facie case established against Saraki.
It should be noted specifically that Count 7 of the decided case which went up to Supreme Court states as follows: “That you, Dr. Olubukola Abubakar Saraki….(made) various lodgements into your Guaranty Trust Bank account at GT Bank GRA, Ilorin, through your aides as the governor of Kwara State and your account officer and which funds you handed over to them in cash at the Kwara State Government House…which were not fairly attributable to your income, gifts or loans…” The same old story is being repeated by the EFCC before Justice Aikawa at the FHC, Lagos.