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Wednesday 11 May 2016

Bukola Saraki Declared Property that Didn't Exist - EFCC Reveals at Today's CCT Trial

Bukola Saraki at CCT trial
A detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has told the Code of Conduct Tribunal that the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki declared a property that did not exist. Speaking on Wednesday at the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja, Michael Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), revealed that a property declared by the embattled senator did not exist.
The EFCC official who revealed that the "ghost property" is the one at 15b McDonald road, Ikoyi, Lagos, said:"Anything we bring before this court is derived from investigation," when asked by Paul Usoro, Saraki’s lawyer, if he stood by his testimony that the property which the defendant declared did not exist.
The defence counsel however extracted facts from the evidence tendered by the prosecution through the witness that the property actually existed.
One of the facts that was gleaned from the evidence of the prosecution was a letter written in 2008 by an occupant of the building, one Egwuagu, an engineer, to a presidential implementation committee, stating that he was in possession of the property as of 1994.
Futhermore, the witness read out a report from the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) revealing that the property was verified, though in the report, the property was said to lack 'character', this resulted in a heated exchange over ownership of the property.
Saraki's lawyer, Usoro contended that there were three pieces of property located at McDonald road, Ikoyi (15, block A and B, and 15b), and that the property in contention might not be that of his client.
EFCC official, Wetkas agreed that there were three pieces of property in the same area, but did not give further details.

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