Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has informed the Federal High Court in Lagos that the suit filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking the forfeiture of his Ilorin houses is a direct abuse of court processes which is intended on scandalising him.
Saraki, who was a two-term Kwara State governor, explained to Justice Rilwan Aikawa that the anti-graft agency was just attempting to inquire in another court, after the July 6, 2018 decision of the Supreme Court, where he had been cleared already.
According to Saraki, he is said;
”The Supreme Court judgment discharged me from culpability arising from the same money, and houses, which are the subject matter of this action”.
The EFCC, in their prosecution, claimed that the houses on Plots 10 and 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State were allegedly acquired with earnings from unlawful dealings by Saraki while he was the Kwara State governor between 2003 and 2011.
Justice Aikawa, on December 2, 2019, had ordered the temporary forfeiture of the houses to the Federal Government. The judge then adjourned the case, giving Saraki a mandate to appear before him to give reasons why the houses should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.
On Tuesday, in a response to the charges, Saraki, through his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), has filed a preliminary objection, which openly challenged the territorial jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit.
Ogunwumiju further added that the new suit by the EFCC is clearly an abuse of court processes because it was presented at a time a suit on the same subject matter was still pending at the Federal High Court in Abuja.