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EFCC scandalising me - Saraki tells court


Former Senate President and two-term Kwara State governor, Dr Bukola Saraki, has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to dismiss a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The suit seeks the permanent forfeiture of Saraki’s houses in Ilorin.



Saraki described the suit as an abuse of court processes and a move to scandalise him.

He argued that it was a ploy by the EFCC to review the July 6, 2018 decision of the Supreme Court
“discharging the applicant from culpability arising from the same money and houses, which are the subject matter of this action.”


The EFCC had, in the suit filed before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, claimed that the houses on Plots No. 10 and 11, Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities allegedly perpetrated by Saraki while he was the Kwara State governor between 2003 and 2011.


Justice Aikawa had on December 2, 2019 ordered the temporary forfeiture of the houses to the Federal Government.

The judge adjourned for Saraki to appear before him to give reasons why the houses should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.


In response, Saraki, through his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), filed a preliminary objection, challenging the territorial jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit.

Ogunwumiju said the new suit by the EFCC was an abuse of court processes because it was filed at a time when a suit on the same subject matter was still pending at the Federal High Court in Abuja.


According to him, Justice Taiwo Taiwo had on May 14, 2019 made an order for parties in the Abuja suit to stay action on the subject matter pending the determination of an originating motion on notice.


The ex-Kwara governor said the new EFCC’s suit was meant to “irritate, annoy and scandalise” him and urged Justice Aikawa to dismiss it.

The judge, on Tuesday, adjourned till February 5 to take arguments on Saraki’s objection.


The EFCC, in the suit, told the court that it received “a damning intelligence report, showing monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011,” when Saraki was the governor of the state. Punch
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