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Saraki Kicks As Court Orders Forfeiture of Houses     

“The Order Will Be Reversed”, Says Saraki’s aide       

Funsho Akinwale

The immediate past Senate President, Senator Olubukola Saraki has faulted the court judgement which forfeited two of his Ikoyi properties in Lagos.

The ruling followed by an application filed by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), asked the court to deliver the judgement in the interest of justice.

But Saraki, in a statement released by his special adviser (media and publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, noted that the order is not fair enough going by the earlier ruling of the Federal High Court which ordered that the EFCC should be restrained from taking any further action until the matter was determined.

“We are sure the FHC judge in Lagos was not aware of all these facts and has therefore been misled into giving the temporary forfeiture order. The affected properties, House Number 17 A and 17B, were specifically listed in the case against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in which the EFCC as part of the prosecution and the case went up to the Supreme Court where the apex court in its July 6, 2018 judgment ruled in his favor.

“The Supreme Court has ruled that the source of funds for the purchase of the property was not illicit as claimed by the prosecution. On pages 12, 13 and 26 of the judgment of the highest court, this particular property on 17A McDonald Street, Ikoyi, was specifically referred to and the court upheld the no-case submission of Dr. Saraki and therefore ruled in his favour.

“We know that any action which tends to mislead the court amounts to misrepresentation and it is a good ground for us to get the court to throw away the order it issued today.

“We are sure the order will be reversed. Olaniyonu stated.