He Was Misled!! Saraki Reacts to Court Order Forfeiting Houses

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki says the Federal High Court Judge who ruled that two of his property in upmarket Lagos be temporarily forfeited to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was misled.

It was reported on Monday that Lagos Division of the Federal High Court ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties located in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State belonging to Mr Saraki following an ex-parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The commission said it brought the application pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006 and Section 44 (2)(8) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

However, in his reaction afterwards, Saraki said “it is my belief that the Judge was misled into granting this order and was not presented with the full position of the law or the facts.”

Saraki added that “the court was not informed of a pending order of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja restraining the EFCC from taking any steps regarding the seizure of the property in question pending the determination of a suit filed before that court.

“I also believe that the court was not made aware that the property in question formed part of the judgment of the court given on July 6, 2018 where the Supreme Court declared that the source of funds for the purchase of the property was not illicit as claimed by the prosecution.

“The Supreme Court specifically referred to No 17a McDonald Road, Ikoyi on pages 12, 13 and 26 of its judgment upholding the no-case submission made before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

“I am confident that once these facts and the declaration of the Supreme Court are brought before the court, this order will be vacated. My lawyers will be approaching the court immediately to achieve this.”

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