The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday have commanded the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release two houses belonging to a former Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, which was earlier seized over accused monumental fraud.
EFCC in December 2019 accused Saraki of unlawfully acquiring his houses at Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State, during his tenure as the Governor between 2003 and 2011.
The Court had ordered a temporary forfeiture of the properties after the EFCC had tendered their allegations, however the EFCC had recently applied for a permanent forfeiture of the two properties was forfeited on Thursday.
While delivering the Judgement, Justice Rilwan Aikawa,said he found no sufficient basis in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s application and he could not find his way through to endorse the permanent forfeiture order.
He then gave a verdict for the release of the house back to Saraki.
An Operative from the EFCC while said the commission’s investigation had revealed that the former Senate President perpetrated some monumental fraud while he was serving as the Governor of Kwara state between 2003 and 2011.
He explained that it was founded that some funds are been diverted for personal use under some strange bank account from the Kwara state government house.
Nonetheless, Saraki, through his Lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), labelled the suit as an attempt to scandalise him and an abuse of court process by the EFCC, he elucidated that the suit was a ploy by the EFCC to review an earlier decision of the Supreme Court that has discharged the applicant from culpabilities that may arise from the properties in 2018.
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